Male Suspect from Chicago Charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse After Using a Dating App to Meet Undercover Police Officer Posing as 15 Yr-Old Boy

Jaime Garcia, aggravated criminal sexual abuse suspect (SOURCE: Cook County Sheriff's Office).

A 40-year-old male Chicago resident has been charged with multiple felonies after a Cook County Sheriff’s Police investigation found he solicited an undercover officer posing as a teenage boy on a dating app, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Friday, February 28, 2020.

The suspect, identified as Jaime Garcia, was arrested on Thursday, February 27, 2020 by Cook County Sheriff’s Police after he arranged to meet a person he thought was a 15-year-old boy at pre-determined location, according to the investigation.

Garcia contacted an ad on the dating app on February 25, 2020 and continued to communicate with the individual, including sending sexually explicit messages, even after the individual stated he was age 15 on the first day of their interaction. Garcia then arranged to meet the individual to engage in sexual activity, according to the investigation.

The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

— Cook County Sheriff’s Office

Garcia appeared today at a bond hearing at the Cook County Circuit Court in Maywood, charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, grooming, indecent solicitation of a child, and traveling to meet a minor. Bail was set at $35,000 with electronic monitoring.

Jaime Garcia, aggravated criminal sexual abuse suspect (SOURCE: Cook County Sheriff’s Office).

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