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A Springfield man is accused of touching a 16-year-old inappropriately when he thought the teen was asleep, according to an affidavit filed in Clark County Municipal Court.

Eric Kelly, 38, is charged in Clark County Municipal Court with gross sexual imposition. Kelly pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on his own recognizance by Clark County Municipal Court Judge Denise Moody. The judge also ordered him to have no contact with the teen.

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The Springfield News-Sun could not reach Kelly at a phone number recorded in a police report.

Police began their investigation in October when they were called to a home on Pine Street in Springfield in reference to a sexual assault, according to a police affidavit.

A teenage victim and another boy told police they were on a couch watching television when they heard Kelly enter the house, the affidavit said. The boys pretended to be asleep when he walked into the room, according to the affidavit.

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Kelly walked out of the room but returned and assaulted one of the teens, the affidavit said.

“The child victim stated that the defendant walked over to him and lifted the blanket and touched,” him in a private area, according to the affidavit. “The child victim stated that when the defendant noticed that he was looking at him, he left the room,” the affidavit continued.

The other teen was interviewed by police and told authorities he saw Kelly lift the blanket up, but could not see if Kelly touched the teen, according to the affidavit.

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Police interviewed Kelly in October and he said he went into the room to see if the teens wanted any food he had brought home, according to the affidavit. He denied touching the teen, police said.



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