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Elwood man charged with soliciting teenage girl online

Paul A. Wielgus | Will County state's attorney's office

A southwest suburban man has been charged with exposing himself and engaging in online and text conversations of a sexual nature with someone he thought was a teenager girl.

Paul A. Wielgus, 34, is charged with indecent solicitation of a child, sexual exploitation of a child, and unlawful grooming, all felonies, according to the Will County state’s attorney’s office.

Wielgus was arrested Friday when investigators executed a search warrant at his home in the 19000 block of Hoff Road in Elwood, a statement from prosecutors said. He had become the target of a state’s attorney’s High Technology Crimes Unit investigations, and his computer and other electronic units were seized during the search.

Wielgus conducted online and text conversations of a sexual nature with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, prosecutors said. The girl was actually an investigator from Gilpin County, Colo., who reached out to the High Technology Crimes Unit and cooperated with Will County during the investigation.

Prosecutors said Wielgus exposed himself to the person he thought to be the girl, and solicited the child to engage in an act of sexual conduct.

He faces up to 5 years in prison if convicted.