Man pleads guilty to soliciting sex on Internet

BY GRAHAM BUCK Daily Herald Staff Writer
Illinois, September 6, 2000

A 57-year-old Arlington Heights man pleaded guilty Tuesday to indecent
solicitation of a child, a charge he faced after a police Internet sting
in May.

Casimir Gasior, of 110 S. Chestnut Ave., was arrested May 5 at a strip
mall in South suburban Bridgeview by an undercover Cook County sheriff’s
police officer, spokeswoman Penny Mateck said Wednesday.

Gasior had driven to the strip mall, where he thought he had arranged
over the Internet to meet a young girl for sex, Mateck said.

The sheriff’s investigation of Gasior began in February when the
Arlington Heights man began communication in an Internet chat room with
an undercover officer posing as a young girl, Mateck said.

After several conversations through e-mail and telephone, Gasior sent a
picture of himself and arranged to meet the officer in Bridgeview for sex.

Gasior pleaded guilty to the felony charge in circuit court in Maywood
and was sentenced to 30 months of probation.

For the next 10 years, he must register with Cook County as a sex
offender. He also has been barred from using the Internet except as part
of his employment with a heating and air conditioning business.

Gasior’s conviction comes more than a year after he was arrested for an
almost identical incident.

Another undercover sheriff’s police officer arrested Gasior in March 1999
in West suburban River Forest. Gasior had traveled there, where he though
he had arranged to meet a girl for sex, Mateck said. That charge was
dropped after he was arrested in May of this year.

At the time of his 1999 arrest, indecent solicitation of a child was only
a misdemeanor. Since then, it has been upgraded to a felony.

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