Man Pleads Not Guilty to Weapons, Sex Charges
BENTON, IL - A southern Illinois man has pleaded not guilty to charges he was found with a cache of firearms and explosives when he was arrested for allegedly soliciting a child for sex.
The Southern Illinoisan reports Norman Risley of Sesser was arraigned Wednesday in Franklin County on charges of unlawful possession of explosives, unlawful use of weapons, indecent solicitation of a child and sexual exploitation of a child.
Authorities say the 53-year-old Risley was arrested Dec. 21, when investigators allegedly found explosive materials and devices, including blasting caps, as well as illegal knives and several semi-automatic weapons and ammunition.
Barrett is free on bond and is scheduled to next appear in court May 9.