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Anita Alvarez
Cook County State's Attorney
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Chicago, IL 60602
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February 6, 2014

Man Arrested In Schiller Park For
Soliciting A Minor For Sex On The Internet

Bond was set at $75,000 today for a man facing multiple felony charges for traveling to west suburban Schiller Park to meet an individual he had met on the internet whom he believed to be a 13-year-old girl to engage in sex acts, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

John E. Jones, 44, who currently resides in Aurora, has been charged with Traveling to Meet a Minor (Class 3) and Indecent Solicitation of a Child (Class 4).  Jones was charged following an investigation by the Cook County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

According to prosecutors, on Dec. 11, 2013, Jones responded to a posting on craigslist, believing he was interacting with a 13-year-old female named Tina.  Jones acknowledged that Tina was underage and repeatedly engaged in sexually explicit conversations with her over the next several months.  The exchanges included Jones detailing explicit sex acts and stating that he wanted to take her virginity.   

Jones and Tina agreed to meet at a 7-11 in Schiller Park on February 5, 2014.  Jones then travelled to Schiller Park from his home in Aurora and was arrested at the 7-11 by officers from the Schiller Police Department.

Jones appeared before Judge Jill Cerone-Merisie in bond court today at the Criminal Courthouse in Rolling Meadows where his next court date was set for March 6th. 

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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