A Mulberry Grove man already imprisoned for crimes in Bond County, is now charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse in Fayette County. 24-year old Randal E. Howell plead guilty in 2014 in Bond County of one count of Aggravated Battery of a Child under 13 years of Age and was sentenced to 6 years in the DOC. Howell also plead guilty of one charge of Domestic Battery, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Violating an Order of Protection, also a Class A Misdemeanor, and was sentenced to one year in prison on each count, to be served concurrent with the sentence for the felony conviction. Now, Howell faces one count in Fayette County Court of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse of a Victim Under 18 as information states that “between the dates of October 28, 2011 and October 28, 2013” Howell allegedly “committed an act of sexual conduct with a child, who was under 18 years of age when the act was committed, in that the defendant knowingly put his hands inside the child’s pants and attempted digital penetration of the child” for the purpose of sexual arousal of the defendant. Howell is currently housed at the Graham Correctional Center and will make his first appearance in Fayette County Court on April 18 at 9am.