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Parents of spree killer charged with sexual assault and child endangerment

Officials with the Rock Falls Police Department announced the arrest of 62-year-old James K....
Officials with the Rock Falls Police Department announced the arrest of 62-year-old James K. Sheley and 62-year-old Debra L. Sheley, both of Rock Falls. They were arrested on Whiteside County arrest warrants that were issued after an investigation by the Rock Falls Police Department. (KWQC)(KWQC)
Published: Nov. 15, 2019 at 8:48 AM CST
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The parents of convicted killer Nicholas Sheley are now facing charges of sexual assault and child endangerment.

Many in the QCA may remember

who back in 2008 went on a killing spree that included victims in Whiteside County and Galesburg.

Just this week, officials with the Rock Falls Police Department announced the arrest of Nicholas Sheley's parents: 62-year-old James K. Sheley and 62-year-old Debra L. Sheley, both of Rock Falls.

They were arrested on Whiteside County arrest warrants that were issued after an investigation by the Rock Falls Police Department.

Since the case involves a minor and some of the details are graphic, we are only reporting that James is accused of engaging the victim in a sex act on several occasions.

There are 6 charges against James Sheley between 2014 and 2019. Four of them of predatory criminal sexual assault, the two other are charges of attempted sexual assault.

Debra Sheley is charged with "endangering the life or health of a child." The charges allege she was aware that her husband had attempted to commit sexual assault and failed to report it. The affidavit says she also failed to keep the child away from him.

Both were taken to the Rock Falls Police Department; Debra posted bond and was released with a future court date.

James did not post bond and was taken to the Whiteside County Jail.

If James Sheley is convicted, he could face a minimum of 30 years with a maximum of 134 years in prison.

According to

, one in nine girls and one in 53 boys under 18 experience sexual abuse or assault. If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

Police say James is charged with four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, and two counts of attempted criminal sexual assault. All felonies. Debra is charged with one count of endangering the life or health of a child.