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Orland Man Solicited Sex From New Lenox Teen on Skype, Police Say

Joseph A. Bozen, 27, of Orland Park, was booked in Will County jail Wednesday night after New Lenox Police received a complaint he was soliciting sex from a child online.

An Orland Park man solicited sex from two teens through the online video chatting program Skype, officers said after arresting him Wednesday.

Joseph A. Bozen, 27, of the 9900 block of Shady Lane in Orland Park, was charged with grooming, or soliciting sex from a child online, as well as indecent solicitation of a minor.

Sgt. Pete Nelson, the investigator on the case, said the department received a call from the parent of a New Lenox teen Monday night. He said Bozen met two girls, ages 15 and 16, on Facebook about two months ago and had recently chatted with them on Skype, soliciting sex.

"There was basically just inappropriate questioning as if you were talking to an intimate girlfriend," Nelson said.

He didn't know how many times the parent believed Bozen had chatted with the teens, but said there were multiple occasions. They never made physical contact.

Police executed a search warrant at Bozen's home Wednesday evening, and the Will County Sheriff's Deparment high tech crime unit is further investigating the allegations. Bozen is being held in Will County Jail.

Grooming and indecent solicitation are both class 4 felonies, which carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000.

hlh September 03, 2011 at 05:29 AM
Not that I am defending this guy, but ... there are always two sides to every story. I wonder how old those girls *told him* they were?? This story doesn't say that he knew they were underage. Some teen girls look as if they could be 20+. If I were a guy in my 20s, I'd probably be asking for ID before chatting online, just to be safe!! :-/
cindi September 06, 2011 at 02:54 AM
the story should say he knew they were under age because he did. he offered his age and the girls gave their true ages. he definitely knew what he was involved with. poor choice on his part and hopefully a lesson learned for the girls.
cindi September 06, 2011 at 02:58 AM
i can't say i agree with the quote from the officer.... it was FAR more than inappropriate questioning. bottom line.... watch what your kids are doing on the internet and never say "my kid would never do that". you never know and it's better to be cautious than sorry.
Jim November 27, 2011 at 02:14 AM
I actually know the family of one of the girls and she is completely innocent. She's 15 and looks 15. There is absolutely no excuse for engaging in such acts.
Dave W. April 21, 2012 at 06:24 PM
"Totally innocent"...she either should know better than to be friends, ANYWHERE, ANYHOW, ANYWAY with a guy that age, or her parents have failed her. She is young, so I can cut her that slack, but not her parents. They need to be more involved in her life, clearly. Good luck to her.

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