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Police: Joliet man tried meeting Mokena boy for sex

Paul F. Hicks
Paul F. Hicks

MOKENA – A Joliet man was arrested Thursday after authorities alleged he tried to arrange sexual contact with a 14-year-old Mokena boy.

Mokena Police Chief Steven Vaccaro said a two-month investigation led to the arrest of Paul F. Hicks, 41.

Hicks, of the 700 block of North Raynor Avenue in Joliet, is being held in the Will County jail on charges of indecent solicitation of a minor, grooming a minor for sexual purposes, traveling to meet a minor for sexual purposes, possession of child pornography, drug possession, unauthorized possession of a firearm and unauthorized possession of ammunition.

The victim and his father notified police after Hicks met the boy online and later visited his house, according to Vaccaro.

"The investigation showed he went over there to have sexual contact. We worked with the Will County State's Attorney's High-Tech Crimes Unit and obtained a search warrant Thursday," Vaccaro said.

The search reportedly found child pornography had been downloaded to Hicks' computer. Police also found a handgun and unprescribed medication in the residence, Vaccaro said. Hicks does not have a firearm owner's identification card.

According to Will County Court records, Hicks was arrested by Joliet police in May 2007 for "encouraging a minor to violate a city code," but the case was not prosecuted. He was also held in the county jail for a week in April 2011 after being sought by Indiana authorities.

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