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Bond set at $1M for Naperville man accused of indecent solicitation of a child

Published: Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 10:46 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 12:06 a.m. CDT

NAPERVILLE – Bond has been set at $1 million for a Naperville man accused of using the Internet to try to meet underage girls for sexual encounters, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

Eric Hakala, 37, of the 1100 block of Iroquois Avenue, was charged with two counts of indecent solicitation of a child, two counts of grooming, one count of possession of harmful material and 10 counts of possession of child pornography, according to the release.

Investigators from the Naperville, Oswego and Batavia police departments and the U.S. Marshals Service identified a seemingly fictitious Facebook account of a 15-year-old boy named “Mike Evans,” who was allegedly soliciting minors for sexual encounters, the release said.

The investigation led to Hakala, who allegedly created the phony account to have sexual conversations with and send sexually explicit photographs to underage girls, according to the release.

Investigators also found that Hakala allegedly possessed more than 100 images and videos of child pornography, the release said.

He was arrested Oct. 8 outside his home on an unrelated outstanding warrant, according to the release.

Hakala appeared in bond court Oct. 10 in front of Judge Anthony Coco, who set bond at $1 million with 10 percent to apply, the release said.

Hakala is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 18 in front of Judge Blanche Hill Fawell for arraignment, according to the release.

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