November 3, 2014
Bolingbrook soccer coach charged with soliciting a minor
JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that indecent solicitation and grooming charges have been filed against a Bolingbrook soccer coach following an investigation conducted by the State’s Attorney’s High Technology Crimes Unit.
Jason Lentz, 39, of 1487 Firethorn Street, Bolingbrook, was arrested on Saturday by investigators from several jurisdictions, including the Will County State’s Attorney’s High Technology Crimes Unit, the Bolingbrook Police Department, the DuPage County Internet Crimes Unit and the Naperville Police Department’s High Technology Crimes Unit.
Lentz was charged with Indecent Solicitation of a Child (Class 3), Solicitation to Meet a Child (Class 4) and Unlawful Grooming (Class 4).
Lentz was identified as a suspect after a concerned mother contacted State’s Attorney Glasgow’s High Technology Crimes Unit regarding allegedly inappropriate text message conversations. The specialized investigative unit focuses on tracking down individuals who use the Internet and other technological devices to exploit children.
The felony charges filed Monday allege the defendant, who is a coach for the Bolingbrook Raiders soccer club, used a cellular telephone to hold inappropriate text message conversations of a sexual nature with someone he believed to be a minor. However, High Technology Crimes Unit investigators had taken over that minor’s text message account during the one-month investigation.
Bond was set at Monday at $250,000. The defendant must post 10 percent or $25,000 to secure his release while he awaits trial, and he must surrender his passport. As a condition of his bond, the defendant must not have contact with the Bolingbrook Raiders as well as with anyone under the age of 18. He also cannot use the Internet except for work purposes.
The Will County State’s Attorney Office reminds the public that charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.