Man pleads not guilty in girl's rape

Published: 12/4/2009 12:00 AM

A Vernon Hills man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he raped an intoxicated 14-year-old girl.

Duncan Perley, 21, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Lake County Assistant State's Attorney James Newman said the victim and an 18-year-old female friend, both of Vernon Hills, took alcohol from the 18-year-old's house during the early morning hours of Nov. 8.

The girls then went to a secluded area in Mundelein to meet Perley, of the 200 block of Mallard Court, and a 17-year-old friend of his and drank the alcohol.

The 14-year-old became intoxicated and Perley raped her, Newman said.

Vernon Hills police found the girl later that morning and took her to the police station, where she told them she had been raped and identified Perley as her attacker.

Police interviewed Perley later the same day and he admitted raping the girl and said he knew how old she was, Newman said.

Circuit Judge John Phillips scheduled a trial of the case for Jan. 25 and ordered Perley, who is being held on $250,000 bond, to appear in court again Jan. 15.