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Valpo man gets 10 years for enticing boy to have sex

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A 71-year-old Valparaiso man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a charge of enticing a boy to have sexual activity.

On Tuesday, Wayne Wigglesworth was sentenced to the mandatory minimum term of 10 years and supervised release of 10 years, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Under the plea agreement, a second count of traveling across state lines for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual activity was dismissed.

Wigglesworth was given credit for time served and—on his release—must register as a sex offender, will be prohibited from viewing pornography, and may not “frequent places where children under the age of 18 congregate.”

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, on Aug. 17, 2009, Wigglesworth was stopped by Chicago Police for failing to signal a turn. When officers made contact with Wigglesworth, he was in the company of a 15-year-old boy whose reason for being in the vehicle Wigglesworth was unable to explain, the affidavit stated.

The boy, for his part, advised investigators that he had met Wigglesworth in an Internet chat room, that Wigglesworth had identified himself as a 43-year-old Indiana man, and that after a couple of weeks of occasional cell phone conversations and text messages, Wigglesworth told the boy to meet him at the corner of 60th and Rockwell for a sexual rendezvous, the affidavit stated.

Chicago Police stopped Wigglesworth only three blocks from that corner.

Officers recovered from Wigglesworth’s vehicle a cell phone and digital camera, among other things, the affidavit stated.


Posted 8/8/2012