ROLLING MEADOWS (CBS) — A northwest suburban man was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for exchanging Facebook messages of a sexual nature with a 12-year-old girl.
Jonathan Pascolini, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of child pornography, a Class 3 felony, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.
He was sentenced to two years in prison by Judge Ellen Mandeltort.
Pascolini was arrested in 2012 by Mount Prospect police after an investigation into allegations of indecent and illegal conduct with a Springfield-area girl via Facebook.
According to a statement from police, the girl’s mother contacted authorities on April 20, 2012, to report Pascolini was engaging in an inappropriate relationship with her daughter.
She discovered he had befriended her daughter on Facebook and read some of the messages.
Investigators determined Pascolini communicated with the girl online from January through April 2012.
Though he was homeless, Pascolini used computers at libraries or friends’ homes to access the internet.
According to police, he told the girl he was 23 and she told him she was 14.
Pascolini began by discussing daily events with the girl, but then sent messages of a sexual nature.
He coaxed the girl into providing several nude images of her, then continued to send messages of a sexual nature, according to police.
Pascolini admitted to possessing and viewing the photos, as well as talking to the child about meeting for sex, according to prosecutors.
Originally arrested in April 2012, Pascolini was freed after posting 10 percent of a $10,000 bond, but was returned to the Cook County Jail in October 2012 for violating terms of his bond, state’s attorney’s office spokesman Stephen Campbell said.
He has been held in the jail without bond ever since.
Pascolini will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life when he is released from prison, prosecutors said.
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