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Inmate sues because he couldn't read Trump's tweets in Will County jail

Charles Bocock
Charles Bocock

A British man charged with soliciting a girl for sex and possessing child pornography is suing the Will County Sheriff’s Office because the jail that once detained him did not allow him to read President Donald Trump’s tweets, according to his lawsuit.

The latest lawsuit from Charles F. Bocock, 42, a British citizen with U.S. residency, is his third one against the sheriff’s office this year, although he hasn’t been in the Will County jail since May 3, 2018, according to court records.

Bocock claimed that while he was at the Will County jail, he was prohibited by the sheriff’s office from accessing the internet and he couldn’t read Trump’s tweets as a result.

“Defendant violated plaintiff’s free speech right to be an informed citizen in a democratic society under Illinois Constitution Article I & A by their total restriction on plaintiff’s ability to view the tweets of President Trump,” Bocock claimed in the suit.

Will County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said her office does not comment on pending litigation.

Bocock is currently at the Cook County jail. He faces 11 counts of possession of child pornography, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The office said images were found on devices that were seized from his residence in Chicago.

His other case from 2013 that landed him in the Will County jail has yet to go to trial.

Bocock was arrested and jailed June 10, 2013, after he went to a Dunkin’ Donuts in Plainfield to meet with a 12-year-old girl for sex, according to court records.

The girl was actually the fictional persona of a police detective investigating Bocock, a prosecutor said.

Bocock was charged with indecent solicitation of a child, traveling to meet a minor and unlawful grooming, according to an indictment.

Bocock has filed numerous lawsuits against the sheriff’s office and the Will County State’s Attorney since he’s been in jail.

A May 8 lawsuit from Bocock claimed the sheriff’s office violated his right to free speech and due process by disposing of gift receipts he was receiving in jail without “hearing or opportunity to protest.”

“Many of the receipts were gift receipts containing messages of good tidings from plaintiff’s friends and family,” Bocock said.

A May 19 lawsuit from Bocock claimed the brightness of a “night light” at the Will County jail caused him “serious sleep deprivation.”

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