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Authorities: Bolingbrook man recruited teen online for porn, sex

A Bolingbrook man has been arrested by federal authorities on a charge of using social media to solicit explicit images and sex from an underage boy.

According to a news release distributed Friday by the U.S. Department of Justice, Ronald Gobenciong, 44, posed as three different people online to recruit the 17-year-old through online and text communications for pornographic photos and at least one video. He also “engaged in sexual acts” with the boy at a hotel in Burr Ridge in February, the news release stated.

Gobenciong paid the boy and threatened to distribute the pornographic images unless the boy continued to engage in sex with him, according to the news release. Gobenciong, who went by the names “David Marco,” “Steve John” and “Joe,” was arrested Thursday.

If convicted, Gobenciong faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years. A detention hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday in Chicago.

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