JOLIET, Ill. (STMW) — A Will County jury listened uncomfortably Tuesday to several sexually explicit messages read aloud as a 14-year-old girl explained how a 33-year-old man from Florida seduced her with cell phone messages while posing as a 13-year-old boy last year.
Prosecutors say Jon Filipkowski of Jensen Beach, Fla., drove to Will County in June 2010 and had sex in a Mokena motel with the girl, who has Asperger’s Syndrome.
He’s charged with traveling to meet a minor and several counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Testimony in his trial, expected to last a week, began Tuesday.
Before Filipkowski’s alleged victim took the stand, her father explained how the girl’s medical condition left her without many friends and made her a target of bullies at school. He said his daughter sees everything in black and white.
Then the girl began her testimony, telling the jury she met Filipkowski in an Internet chat room in April 2010, when she was 13. She said he claimed to be a 13-year-old boy and used a different name, even sending her a fake photograph. The pair began trading hundreds of messages a day, she said, and after a few weeks she began to fall in love with him.
Assistant State’s Attorney Chris Regis questioned the girl about the messages, reading many of them out loud with Filipkowski in the courtroom. They became increasingly sexual, and the girl sometimes bowed her head and blocked her face as Regis read. She said Filipkowski revealed his true identity, and age, to her after about three weeks.
She said she felt sick, violated and disgusted, but their relationship continued. She said they created a code for sex acts based upon days of the week, and they talked about how they couldn’t reveal their relationship until she turned 17 or 18. The girl said she still felt like she was in love with him by early June 2010, before he traveled to Will County.
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