A 30-year-old former Evanston resident now is facing charges of sexually assaulting two children who were members of his family.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says Travon C. Howard was taken into custody by Evanston Police juvenile detectives at the New Castle Indiana Correctional Facility last Thursday as the result of an investigation that began last month.

Dugan says that the sexual assaults by Howard had begun in 2010 when the children involved were 7 and 11 years old.

On Friday, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office approved multiple felony charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child against Howard.

Dugan said the police wish to acknowledge the strength and courage of the victims to come forward and cooperate in the investigation.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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