Man charged with messaging girl about sex, traveling to meet her

SHARE Man charged with messaging girl about sex, traveling to meet her
keith_aarseth_247x300.jpg

Keith A. Aarseth | Mount Prospect police

A St. Charles man has been charged with traveling to northwest suburban Mount Prospect meet with a 16-year-old girl for sexual activity.

Keith A. Aarseth, 60, was charged Tuesday with traveling to meet a minor, grooming and indecent solicitation of a child, according to a statement from Mount Prospect police.

Aarseth had been communicating with the girl through an online chat service and arranged to meet her in Mount Prospect for sex on Feb. 15, according to police. The girl did not show up, so he arranged to meet her at a Mount Prospect park on Feb. 21, police said.

Investigators who had been monitoring the girl’s account went to the park, where they found Aarseth and identified him as the man from the chat service using a photo he sent the girl, police said. Aarseth was taken into custody and admitted to sending sexual messages to the girl and arranging to meet with her, police said.

Aarseth’s bond was set at $125,000 at a Thursday hearing, police said. His next court date is March 16 in Rolling Meadows.

The Latest
Chicago’s hog-butchering days are long past, mostly. But Farmer’s Fridge is building a growing healthful food empire next to Midway Airport.
The man, 36, was in a vacant building sometime Sunday morning in the 6400 block of South Whipple Street when the fire started, according to Chicago Fire Department officials.
He wants to help catch the person who shot him. First, he has to get police to work with him — then he has to pick the right guy.
About 4:25 a.m., a red sedan was going south in the northbound lanes of the 3300 block of South DuSable Lake Shore Drive when it struck a dark SUV going north, Chicago police said.
Voters face a long list of candidates for Chicago mayor, some with vastly different views on public schools, and longstanding history, for better or worse, with the district.