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Peotone man faces grooming, solicitation charges

January 29, 2018 GMT

PEOTONE – A 63-year-old man was arrested Thursday for allegedly attempting to solicit and groom police who were disguised online as a 14-year-old boy.

Christopher Foster, of Peotone, has been charged with indecent solicitation of a child, grooming, traveling to meet a minor and distribution of harmful materials.

According to a news release, the Will County Sheriff’s Office started investigating a Criagslist post Foster made in October 2017. Police formed an online relationship with Foster, who sent “numerous inappropriate and sexually explicit emails and photos.”

On Wednesday, police arranged a meeting with Foster at a public establishment in Crest Hill. According to the news release, Foster was expecting to have a sexual encounter with the “juvenile.”

Foster was arrested at the scene and booked into an adult detention facility. His bond hearing was Friday afternoon.