Chicago, Illinois — A 20-year-old man has been charged with criminal sexual assault after he was caught with a half-dressed 13-year-old girl in his car. Steve Burton admitted having sex with the girl and was arrested after a Des Plaines police officer saw him and the girl getting dressed in a car parked in Lions Woods at Golf and River Roads.
I’m glad police are taking the time to investigate suspicious vehicles in woods because this seems to happen more often than I previously thought. Are forest preserves a known hangout for pedophiles and their prey?
Burton indicated the two had met online. The girl told police that she met Burton on MySpace when she was 12 and they had been texting, chatting on Facebook and talking by phone for about six months, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.
On Jan. 15, Burton must have wanted another booty call because he called the girl several times, then showed up at her home and drove her to the forest preserve, where they engaged in sex. I wonder if the parents knew of the relationship, considering this guy was picking the girl up at her home and contacting her by every means possible.
Police say Burton admitted in a written statement that he knew the victim was 12 when they met online. Burton also admitted he had sex with the girl on at least four other occasions. He’s been charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He was ordered held on $100,000 bail.
When are kids going to learn that they shouldn’t talk to strange men online? And when are parents going to learn they need to monitor their kids’ internet usage?