Man guilty of trying to have sex with 12-year-old avoids prison - FOX 32 News Chicago

Man guilty of trying to have sex with 12-year-old avoids prison

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Bryan E. Woldman, 36 Bryan E. Woldman, 36
JOLIET, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A southwest suburban man avoided a prison sentence but will spend the next decade as a convicted child sex offender for trying to arrange a tryst with a 12-year-old girl, the Naperville Sun is reporting.

The girl's mother was credited by Naperville police with helping them to identify and arrest Bryan E. Woldman, 36, of the 7000 block of Clearwater Drive in Plainfield.

Police last year said Woldman used Facebook and other electronic media in his attempts to arrange a rendezvous with the girl, now 13.

Woldman's bond was set at $1 million after he was formally charged with indecent solicitation, traveling to meet a minor and grooming.

The solicitation and grooming counts were dismissed Sept. 20 in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet, the day Woldman pleaded guilty to traveling to meet a minor, according to court records.

Charles Pelkie, spokesman for Will County State's Attorney's office said prosecutors argued unsuccessfully for a prison term for Woldman during his appearance Friday in Judge Robert Livas' courtroom.

But Livas instead placed Woldman on two years of sex offender probation and ordered him to register with authorities for the next 10 years as a convicted sex offender, Pelkie said.

An examination of court documents indicated Woldman had no prior criminal record in Will, DuPage or Kane counties.

Police on Dec. 21, 2012, began investigating Woldman, after the mother discovered her daughter was communicating with him "via Facebook, cell phone, text, and Skype," according to a statement from Naperville police.

Members of the High Technology Crimes Unit in the ensuing weeks exchanged "sexually explicit text messages" with Woldman, who believed he was communicating with the girl, the statement said.

On Feb. 8, 2013, he drove from his home to the AMC Showplace Naperville 16 movie theater complex near 95th Street and Route 59, where he though he would be meeting the girl "for a sexual encounter," police said. He was instead taken into custody.

Woldman reportedly works or worked as a personal trainer at a Naperville-area health and fitness club.

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