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updated: 6/9/2012 11:24 AM

Police: Mt. Prospect man used Facebook to lure 12-year-old

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A homeless Mount Prospect man is accused of luring a juvenile through Facebook using computers at area libraries and friends' homes to access the Internet, police said.

Jonathan Pascolini, 23, is charged with felony counts of indecent solicitation of a child, unlawful grooming, and possession of child pornography.

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Mount Prospect police arrested Pascolini June 7 after conducting an extensive investigation into allegations that he engaged in indecent and illegal conduct with a 12-year-old Springfield-area girl on Facebook, reports aid. Pascolini subsequently gave a statement to police admitting having contact with the girl, according to reports.

The girl's mother informed Mount Prospect police on April 20 that she believed Pascolini was engaged in an inappropriate relationship with her daughter. The mother discovered Pascolini had befriended her daughter through Facebook, police said.

Investigators determined Pascolini communicated with the girl through Facebook from January through April 2012. Pascolini told the girl he was 23 years old, while she told him she was 14 years old, police said.

Police said Pascolini began by discussing daily events, but then sent her messages of a sexual nature. Pascolini coaxed the girl to provide several nude images of herself to him via their Facebook accounts and he continued to send messages of a sexual nature to the girl, police said.

Pascolini's bail was set Friday at $10,000, of which he must post 10 percent or $1,000 to be released. A preliminary hearing is set for June 29 at the Cook County courthouse in Rolling Meadows.

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