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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Bond Set for Algonquin Man Charged with Arranging to Meet Underage Boy for Sexual Encounter

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Carol Stream Deputy Chief of Police John Jungers announced today that bond has been set for an Algonquin man accused of arranging to meet an underage boy for sexual purposes. Roger Rice, 63 (d.o.b. 8/23/1956) of 1520 Meghan Avenue, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Thomas Else set bond at $25,000 with 10% to apply. Rice has been charged with one count of Traveling to Meet a Child (Class 3 Felony) and one count of Grooming (Class 4 Felony).          
            On April 3, 2020, officers with the Carol Stream Police Department were flagged down by one of two men standing near a parked vehicle in the parking lot of the Starbucks located at the intersection of North Avenue and Schmale Road in Carol Stream. Through their analysis of the situation, officers learned that Rice was allegedly at the Starbucks to meet who he believed to be a fifteen-year-old boy to engage in sexually activity. Ross was taken into custody at this time and transported to the DuPage County Jail.      It is alleged that Rice met whom he believed to be the fifteen-year-old boy on an Internet dating site.          
            “The allegations that Mr. Rice traveled to DuPage County to meet a young boy for a sexual encounter are beyond disturbing,” Berlin said. “Thankfully, Mr. Rice never got the opportunity to carry out his disgusting plan. This case is yet another example of how sexual predators target our children and should serve as a reminder to parents to discuss with their children the dangers lurking on the internet. I would like to thank the Carol Stream Police Department for their efforts in this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Heather Misura for her work in bringing these well-deserved charges against this defendant.”
            “Regardless of the difficult circumstances we all find ourselves living under at the moment, the Carol Stream Police Department remains vigilant in protecting our citizens from anyone who would do them harm including sexual predators, as alleged in this case,” Jungers said.
            Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.