CHARLESTON, Ill. – A Coles County man was arrested Friday for aggravated battery after police investigated an incident which prompted a Campus Safety Notice in June.
Stephen R. Hovious, 24, of Mattoon, was arrested by U. of I. police detectives at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Coles County probation office in Charleston. Police identified Hovious as the offender in a June 12 incident near Japan House on the U. of I. campus, where Hovious is alleged to have made suggestive comments to a U. of I. student and then slapped the student’s backside.
The incident prompted a Campus Safety Notice sent via mass email to all students, faculty and staff.
Hovious was identified by linking witness statements with security camera footage. He is on probation in Coles County after previous charges involving sexual conduct.
After securing an arrest warrant, U. of I. Police detectives contacted the Coles County probation office and requested a meeting with Hovious at that office. He was arrested and taken to the Champaign County Jail, where he is being held on $25,000 bond. Hovious has also been issued a no-trespassing notice for all U. of I. property, which means he can be arrested if he returns to campus.
The U. of I. Police investigation is ongoing, and detectives are looking at other incidents in which Hovious may have been involved in Champaign and Urbana. Based on the information collected by U. of I. Police detectives so far, no one has been physically injured in interactions with Hovious on or near campus.
Anyone with information about Hovious or incidents in which he may have been involved is encouraged to contact the University of Illinois Police Department at 217-333-1216 or email@example.com. Anonymous messages may be sent to Champaign County Crime Stoppers by calling 217-373-8477, by visiting 373tips.com or by downloading the P3 Tips mobile app. All messages to Crime Stoppers are electronically stripped of identifying information.
Please note: Those arrested are presumed innocent until proved guilty. For more information on people who have been incarcerated – such as the amount of bail or bond, the date or time of arrest or discharge – please contact the telecommunications desk at the U. of I. Police Department.