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Anita Alvarez
Cook County State's Attorney
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Chicago, IL 60602
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January 23, 2014

Man Arrested In Berwyn For Soliciting
A Minor For Sex On The Internet

Bond was set at $500,000 today for a man facing multiple felony charges for traveling to west suburban Berwyn to meet an individual he had met on the internet whom he believed to be a 15-year-old girl to engage in sex acts, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Randy Overla, 31, who currently resides in Buffalo Grove, has been charged with Traveling to Meet a Minor (Class 3) and Indecent Solicitation of a Child (Class 4).  Overla, who previously lived in Arizona, was charged following an investigation by the Cook County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Berwyn Police Department. 

According to prosecutors, on Jan. 19, Overla responded to a posting on craigslist’s “strictly platonic” section of personal ads believing he was interacting with a 15-year-old female from Berwyn.  For the next several days Overla and the “girl” communicated through e-mail and text messages.  The exchanges included Overla detailing explicit sex acts and indicating that he wanted to engage in those sex acts with the teen.   

On Jan. 21 Overla drove to Morton West High School in Berwyn to meet the would-be teen and he was placed under arrest at the scene.  During an initial search, arresting officers found condoms in Overla’s jacket pocket.

Overla appeared before Judge Ramon Ocasio in bond court today at the Criminal Courthouse in Maywood where his next court date was set for Feb. 14. 

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office administers the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which investigates and prosecutes criminal acts such as child pornography, sexual solicitation of a child or missing child investigations.  The task force also offers guidance and information for parents and educators on internet safety. 

The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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