Author Staff Report
A Deerfield man was arrested and charged with indecent solicitation of a child Friday after he allegedly used a social-network application to communicate with someone he thought to be a 14-year-old boy, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Jeffrey R. Weiss, 59, of the 300 block of South Waukegan Road was taken into custody around 1:30 p.m. Friday at a location where he allegedly had arranged to meet with a 14-year-old boy who instead was a detective with the sheriff’s Cybercrimes Unit, authorities said in a statement.
“Weiss requested to meet with who he thought was the 14-year-old boy to engage in sexual acts,” the statement added. “He drove to a location in Warren Township on (Friday) to meet with the boy, but was instead met by Sheriff’s Detectives.”
The statement added that Weiss was charged with two felony counts of indecent solicitation of a child. He was held Saturday at the Lake County jail pending a bond hearing.
Sheriff Mark Curran said in the statement that the arrest was the second this month by the Cybercrimes Unit. On Oct. 4, an Algonquin man was arrested and charged with two felony counts of indecent solicitation of a child and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia after allegedly attempting to meet with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old boy he had met online.
“Children with unsupervised access to a cellular device or the internet can be very dangerous,” Curran said in the statement. “Parents should remember to continually monitor their children’s use of electronics.”