A Cicero, Ill., man who drove to Clinton last July to engage in sex acts with an individual he believed was a 13-year-old girl was sentenced Friday to up to two years in prison and ordered to pay a $625 fine.
Nicholas A. Ivanovich, 27, pleaded guilty April 28 to an aggravated misdemeanor charge of enticing away a minor. Had he been prosecuted federally, he would have faced a minimum of 10 years in prison under conviction.
According to court records, Ivanovich chatted online July 28 last year with the person he thought was a young teen girl from Clinton, and he suggested that the two meet at a Clinton business for the purpose of engaging in sex acts.
The individual he chatted with was actually Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputy Jessup Schroeder, who works undercover in chat rooms as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Ivanovich initiated a chat with Schroeder’s undercover identity again on July 30, and suggested meeting with the girl to engage in sex acts at a Clinton business in the 900 block of South Fourth Street.
Police were waiting for Ivanovich when he arrived at the meeting location, and he was taken into custody.