Accused child rapist requests hearing

A St. Clair County judge will hear arguments later this month alleging a search at the home of a man accused of kidnapping and molesting children was conducted illegally. James Reilly’s lawyer filed a motion requesting suppression of evidence and for an evidentiary hearing. Reilly was arraigned in October on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct with allegedly more than one victim. Investigators say seven charges are related to the alleged assault of an 8-year-old girl at Reilly’s Columbus Township home in St. Clair County. Additional charges of CSC with a person between 13 and 16 years old, involving a second victim, were added following his arraignment. During his preliminary examination, Reilly, a registered sex offender, was arraigned on a 10th charge of first-degree sexual assault with someone younger than 13. All of the alleged incidents happened between 2016 and 2018, according to investigators.