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BLOOMINGTON — The trial date for a Bloomington man facing rape charges was delayed Thursday after the state requested more time to investigate the defendant's medical condition, which could be relevant to the charges.

Julius Scott, 23, is accused of sexually assaulting a minor in November 2017 while he was a volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal.

Assistant State's Attorney Erika Reynolds asked to postpone Scott's Feb. 11 jury trial until the state has time to review records related to a medical condition for which Scott received treatment since he has been in jail.

Reynolds called the medical information "sensitive" and "highly relevant" to the case. 

According to a police interview previously played in court, Scott admitted he had engaged in consensual sex with a teenage girl at a park near the Boys & Girls Club. At the time of the alleged encounter, Scott was a volunteer as part of his community service obligation for a domestic battery conviction.   

Reynolds also disclosed that the state's offer of 12 years in prison in exchange for Scott's guilty plea to a single count of sex assault remains open. Scott previously rejected the offer.

Judge Scott Drazewski agreed to delay the trial to March 18 over the objection of defense lawyer Jennifer Patton.

In a statement after Scott's arrest, the Boys & Girls Club said the former volunteer was banned from the facility and the organization was cooperating fully with the police investigation.

Scott remains in jail on $500,000 bond.


Photos: 2018-19 McLean County jail mugshots

Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny

McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.