Jose Figueroa, 32, appeared before Cook County Judge Peter Felice on a felony charge of indecent solicitation of .
Figueroa, who lives on Chicago's North Side, was convicted of the same offense inaccording to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry. Evergreen Park police were able to connect with Figueroa throughposing as a year-old girl named "Taylor," the prosecutor said.
According to police, Figueroa sent two photos of himself and two photos of his penis. He also asked for Taylor to send him photos of her breasts and vagina in return.
Police said Figueroa asked the girl if she was still a virgin, and if she wanted to have sex. Figueroa arranged to meet the girl as th Street and Pulaski, but was hesitant and worried about police, the prosecutor said. He told Taylor that when she got in his car she had to grab him right away. The prosecutor said police were surveilling the area and saw Figueroa's vehicle in a BP gas station near the planned meeting area. Figueroa texted "Taylor" and told her to meet him at a nearby bank instead.
Police said Figueroa could be seen using his phone and then received a message from him asking "how far are you? Police moved in on Figueroa and took him into custody.
He was within feet of Chicago Agricultural High School, the prosecutor said. Figueroa allegedly admitted to placing the ad on Craigslist from his iPad and sending photos of himself. The prosecutor said Figueroa claimed to have had 25 to 40 encounters with young girls, but denied having sexual contact with them.
Figueroa received nude photos from girls on his iPad but deleted them, police said. Search warrants have been obtained for his iPad and Galaxy smartphone.
The assistant public defender told the judge that Figueroa lives with his father on Chicago's North Side. He has a degree in communications and has worked as a freelance photographer.
Figueroa was convicted of indecent solicitation of in The victim was 12 and Figueroa was 25 at the time of the offense, according to the sex offender registry. Figueroa was also ordered not to have contact with children under 18 and is prohibited from using the Internet.
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