A Vandalia man has been charged in with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of criminal sexual assault. 29-year old Patrick D. Phifer of Vandalia made an appearance in Fayette County Court on Thursday at which time he was advised of the charges against him. Phifer is charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault as information states Phifer allegedly “committed an act of sexual penetration” on the victim who had a physical disability at the time of the crime. The count is a Class X felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison. Phifer is also charged with one count of criminal sexual assault as he is alleged to have committed an act of sexual penetration on the victim by use of force. The count is a Class 1 felony punishable by 4 to 15 years in prison. Phifer advised the court that he was represented by an attorney for another case and that attorney would represent him for the current case as well. A first appearance with counsel and bond hearing have been set for December 4 at 10am. Phifer remains in the Fayette County Jail on $150,000 bond.