An Englishman looking to have sex with a girl younger than 11 but older than 7 settled for a year-old when he struck up a deal on the website Craigslistprosecutors said. But when year-old Charles Bocock went to meet and pay for the girl at a Plainfield Dunkin' Donuts Monday, the child was nowhere to be found.
And instead of going home with a little girl, he was arrested by undercover detectives and hauled off to the Will County jail.
Bocock, a British citizen and permanent resident of the United States residing in Chicago, appeared in court Tuesday and was charged with indecent solicitation ofgrooming, and traveling to meet a minor. The judge also ordered Bocock to surrender his passport if he makes bail.
It's at the British embassy right now. Rickmon told Bocock, who appeared at the hearing via a video feed from the county jail, that he needed to get his passport back from the embassy and turn it in if he wanted to get out on bond.
A woman identifying herself as Bocock's wife attended the hearing. She cried while Assistant State's Attorney Michael Casson detailed the charges filed against her husband. Bocock allegedly responded to a Craigslist advertisement posted by a Plainfield resident trying to get money for his car payment.
But in exchange for the money, Bocock wanted a girl for sex, officials said. The Plainfield resident went to the police and an investigator pretending to be the cash-strapped Craigslist poster continued the online conversation with Bocock, officials said. The investigator reportedly offered Bocock his year-old niece for the car payment money, and a rendezvous was set up for Monday afternoon at a Dunkin' Donuts on Route After Bocock was taken into custody, police searched his North Tripp Avenue home and found "numerous" images of child pornography, Casson said.
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