Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announce the arrest of 63 year old Michael A. Lancaster of Rock Falls for two counts of Criminal Sexual Assault and one count of Unlawful Restraint.
ISP Agents conducted a thorough investigation into allegations made by a victim who stated she had retained Lancaster as her attorney and was allegedly sexually assaulted during a scheduled meeting in his office located at 15 E. Third St. in Sterling, Illinois.
ISP Agents executed search warrants at Lancaster’s Sterling office and his Rock Falls, Illinois residence, searching for evidence to corroborate the victim’s complaint.
On Thursday, October 10, 2019, at approximately 2:25 p.m., ISP Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Agents arrested Lancaster. Lancaster was lodged at the Whiteside County Jail on $150,000 bond.
Lancaster has been practicing law in Whiteside County for over 30 years. The Whiteside County State’s Attorney has requested the Rock Island County State’s Attorney handle the case to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest. Anyone wishing to provide additional information is encouraged to call the ISP