Peotone man charged with child solicitation, grooming

SHARE Peotone man charged with child solicitation, grooming

Christopher Forster | Will County Sheriff’s Office

A south suburban man has been charged with trying to solicit a sexual encounter with someone he thought was a teenage boy.

Christopher Forster, 63, was charged with indecent solicitation of a child, grooming, traveling to meet a minor and distribution of harmful materials, according to a statement from the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives began investigating after discovering a Craigslist post by Forster in October, the sheriff’s office said. Investigators “initiated an online relationship with Forster.”

Forster, who lives in Peotone, sent “numerous inappropriate and sexually explicit emails and photos” over the course of the investigation, the sheriff’s office said. A meeting was set up Thursday in Crest Hill, where Forster allegedly hoped to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy for a sexual encounter.

When Forster arrived, detectives took him into custody for questioning, according to the sheriff’s office. He was arrested and charged based on “the evidence collected during the investigation and statement that Forster made implicating himself.”

He is being held at the Will County Adult Detention Facility pending a bond hearing Friday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Latest
Republican Jesse Sullivan declared with a smile, “What a beautiful day.” GOP frontrunner Darren Bailey called the Supreme Court decision “historic and welcomed.” But if either wins in November, they would likely still face Democrats in Springfield determined to keep the state’s abortion laws on the books and even try to expand them.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois has a list of demands that is worth looking at as a possible roadmap.
Anti-abortion organizations say they are dedicated to fight for the lives of the unborn throughout the Midwest amid the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
With the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Roe v. Wade has been overturned.
The group was on the sidewalk the 8100 block of South King Drive when someone in a vehicle opened fire.