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Crystal Lake man gets probation for soliciting sex act

WOODSTOCK – A 75-year-old Crystal Lake man admitted allegations that he propositioned a young boy for sex, and was ordered to complete a year of probation.

John W. Giesing, pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct. Assistant State's Attorney Dave Johnston said that in May 2013, Giesing offered a 16-year-old boy $20 to perform a sex act on him.

The boy – whom police have said was selling newspaper subscriptions – now lives out of state, Johnston said.

At the time of his arrest, police said, Giesing admitted to investigators that he offered the teen money to perform a sexual act.

Giesing initially was charged with a felony for soliciting the minor, but prosecutors agreed to reduce the charge to a Class A misdemeanor. Disorderly conduct is punishable by up to a year in the county jail, a fine of $2,500 or both.

His guilty plea was accepted by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.

Giesing won't have to register as a sex offender, but Prather ordered him to undergo a sex-offender specific evaluation, and follow any treatment requirements. He also must pay a $500 fine.

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