Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Suspension Proposed For Online Chat Crimes

The Illinois Review Board has recommended a suspension until November 30, 2013 and further court order in a matter involving the attorney's Colorado criminal conviction.

The facts:

Respondent testified that he began using the internet for sexual gratification about six months after he got married. In 2002, he began frequenting sexual chat rooms and spent up to six hours per day in the chat rooms. Respondent reported that he had hundreds of chats prior to his arrest. In the chat rooms, Respondent used a false name, "johntoes," and gave a false age...

On October 30, 2008, Respondent initiated a conversation with "amygirlco1996" (Amy Girl). This was the undercover profile for Shawn M. Cronce, an officer with the Douglas County, Colorado Sheriff's Office. Amy Girl portrayed herself online as a 12-year-old girl from Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Between October 30, 2008, and January 12, 2009, Respondent had four sexually explicit online conversations with Amy Girl. Amy Girl identified her age as 12 years old numerous times during these conversations.

Respondent focused the conversations on urination and masturbation. He told Amy Girl that he wanted her to "pee on a towel" while masturbating and asked her to sit on the edge of the bathtub and "see how far u can pee." He told Amy Girl, this "turns me on so badly." Respondent sent Amy Girl a picture of himself from the waist up and also sent her two pictures of an erect penis. He stated to Amy Girl that it was a picture of his penis, but later told police that it was a picture he found on Craigslist. He asked Amy Girl to send him a picture of herself via webcam.

In relation to his communications with Amy Girl, Respondent was charged on January 15, 2009, in Douglas County, Colorado, with three counts of internet sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of promotion of obscenity to a minor. Respondent pled guilty on November 10, 2009, to one count of internet sexual exploitation of a child, a felony, and one count of obscenity-wholesale promotion, a misdemeanor.

(Mike Frisch)


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