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).
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.
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
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.