Cops: Mundelein-area man sought child porn from undercover detective

  • Bruce L. Chamberlin

    Bruce L. Chamberlin

 
 
Updated 11/19/2021 4:25 PM

A Mundelein area man who police say asked an undercover detective -- posing as a child -- for a nude picture has been charged with multiple felonies, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Bruce L. Chamberlin, 61, who lives on the 20600 block of West Park Avenue near Mundelein, is charged with grooming and two counts of violating the sexual offender registry.

 

Lake County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said Chamberlin, who is already a registered child sex offender, struck up a conversation with the undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old boy over a social media app. During their correspondence, Chamberlin asked the detective for a nude photo and discussed meeting up, Covelli said.

Chamberlin was arrested Wednesday. He remains in Lake County jail as of Friday afternoon and would need to put up $75,000 in cash to leave while awaiting trial, Covelli said.

Sheriff John D. Idleburg urged parents to monitor their children's web activity to protect them from predators.

"While the internet has become essential for day-to-day life, it has also given sexual offenders the ability to disguise their true identity, and prey on our most vulnerable," he said.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Mundelein Police during the investigation.

Chamberlin is next due in court Nov. 24.

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