Naperville, IL – Police have arrested 35-year-old Bryan Woldman after he drove to a theater, where he thought he was meeting a 12-year-old girl for a sexual encounter.
When Woldman arrived at the theater, he was cock blocked by members of the Naperville Police Department, who arrested Woldman and charged him with indecent solicitation of a minor, traveling to meet a minor for a sexual encounter and grooming.
Police were aware of Woldman after an alert mother contacted them to report her 12-year-old had been engaged in inappropriate communications with Woldman “via Facebook, cell phone, text, and Skype,” police said in a release.
So for the next few weeks, the Naperville Police High Technology Crimes Unit began an investigation in which Woldman “exchanged sexually explicit text messages with what he thought was the 12-year-old female” that ultimately led to Woldman thinking he would be meeting the girl for sex.
At around 7:47 p.m. Friday, Woldman allegedly traveled from his home to the theater where he was arrested without incident. He has been transferred to Will County jail with a bond set at $1 million. Aside from traffic tickets, Woldman has no criminal record.
Police are asking that anyone who may have any information regarding similar activities involving Woldman, to please contact the Naperville Police Department High Technology Crimes Unit at 630-420-6666.
As I have stated time and time again, the best prevention against online child predators is an involved, informed parent. I don’t particularly agree with parents who forbid their children from getting online at all, as I find it’s a lazy approach that denies a child from an extremely useful tool. Although, to be honest, I find 12-years-old to be a bit young to have a Facebook and Skype account, along with a cell phone.
But no matter the age of a minor, it’s imperative that the parent is diligent about monitoring their child’s online activities. It’s one of the easiest ways to protect them from sick people like Woldman. For anyone interested in a realistic movie about online predators, and not exploitative crap like MEGAN IS MISSING, check out TRUST by David Schimmer.Tags: Bryan Woldman, Crime, facebook, Illinois, online predator, Pedophile, theater