COOK COUNTY, IL – A 40-year-old Lombard man is facing multiple felony charges after investigators learned he engaged in sexual acts with a teenage girl he groomed after answering her online advertisement for babysitting services, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.
In March, Sheriff’s Police investigators assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC) received a complaint involving the offender later identified as Jesus Gonzalez-Rivera of the 2N100 block of Lalonde Avenue.
ICAC Unit investigators learned that Gonzalez-Rivera initially contacted the victim last August through a response to her online babysitting advertisement and continued his contact through a social media app. They also learned that he groomed and sexually abused the victim between August 2022 and February 2023. A forensic analysis of phone data revealed Gonzalez-Rivera knew the victim was a minor.
On Tues. April 4, Gonzalez-Rivera was arrested and transported to Sheriff’s Police Headquarters.
On Wed. April 5, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved felony charges of one count each of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Indecent Solicitation of a Child, Traveling to Meet a Child, and Grooming.
Gonzalez-Rivera appeared today for a bond hearing at the Bridgeview Courthouse where he received a $200,000 D bond.
The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.