Illinois man arrested in internet sting

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A man from Dolton, Illinois has been arrested in Clinton and charged with ‘enticing a minor.’

39 year old Francisco Gonzales was arrested on Tuesday and made an initial court appearance on Wednesday and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office released information about the case late Friday.

The arrest is the culmination of an investigation by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Clinton County Attorney’s Office, Clinton Police Department, Dolton, Illinois Police Department and the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The court affidavit detailing the circumstances of the charge is signed by Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputy Jessup Schroeder.

The report states that between February 2013 and March 2014 Gonzales using I-D’s on the online websites and applications of Teen Video Chat, Yahoo Instant Messenger and Facebook plus cell did communicate with a person he reasonably believed to be 14 years old and eventually 15.

During the communications – the court documents report – Gozales discussed meeting the person reasonably believed to 14 or 15 years old in Clinton away from her home in order to engage in sex acts.  He discussed taking the person to a hotel room in Clinton for the purpose of engaging in the sex acts.

On March 11 Gonzales traveled to Clinton to a pre-arranged meeting location away from the home.

When he arrived at the location at 2600 North 4th Street Gonzales was arrested by law enforcement officers and charged with ‘enticing a minor.’

The charge is a felony and if convicted the sentence could be up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to 75-hundred dollars.