BLOOMINGTON — The relationship between a 32-year-old man accused of brutally killing a woman in May and a 14-year-old girl he allegedly photographed and kept at his home over spring break should be investigated by the state's child welfare agency, according to McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers.

The alleged victim and Kyle Brestan reportedly began spending time together after they met at the Celebrate Recovery program at Vale Church, 1304 Morrissey Drive, Bloomington, several months ago. In March, the girl stayed at Brestan's Bloomington home for a week, according to a prosecutor's statement read at Brestan's bond hearing Wednesday on child pornography charges.

Assistant State's Attorney Jacob Harlow said in the hearing that police found illegal photos of the girl on Brestan's phone during their investigation into the stabbing death of Shannon Hastings, 27, of Peoria, whose body was found May 21 in a room of the Econo Lodge on Brock Drive on the city's west side.

Brestan's pending murder charges were the basis for a prosecutor's argument for a $1 million bond in the child pornography case. The violent nature of the murder allegations — Hastings was stabbed 105 times — called for a substantial addition to Brestan's previously set $5 million bond in the murder case, Harlow argued.

The circumstances of the teenage girl's connection to Brestan, combined with previous reports about other alleged abuse, have raised the level of concern authorities have for her well-being.

The newly filed child pornography case "certainly brings to light the concerns about this girl's history that hopefully has the attention of DCFS," Chambers said Thursday.

Chambers said his office plans to request that the state Department of Children and Family Services further investigate the situation. A spokeswoman for DCFS said the agency could not comment at this time.  

The minor also is the victim of alleged sexual abuse by a 49-year-old man who remains in custody on aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges. Robert Wichmann of Normal faces nine felony counts for allegedly molesting the girl in April and May 2016.

The suspect and victim were acquainted, according to a prosecutor's statement.

The girl came in contact with Brestan after she went to the Celebrate Recovery program with her father, according to Jeremy Artis, who coordinates meetings for the support group at Vale Church. Participants are invited to bring their children to share a meal with adults before the two groups are separated for an adult counseling session and a Celebration Place program for children.

The girl was asked to leave the faith-based youth program after she failed to show up to meet with a social service worker the church had arranged to help her with possible emotional problems she was having, said Artis.

Brestan joined the support group last fall, but stopped coming about two months ago, said Artis.

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