ST. CHARLES — A 29-year-old Romeoville man faces up to 30 years in prison after he was convicted of trying to pay to have sex with a child.
Anthone J. Caradine, 29, of the 1200 block of Grand Boulevard in Romeoville waived his right to a jury trial, according to a news release from the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.
Caradine faced multiple child sex charges in connection with a 2015 incident in which he drove to an Aurora hotel after agreeing to pay for sex with a minor. Caradine faces six to 30 years in prison on the most serious charge.
In March 2015 Caradine drove to an Aurora hotel, met with a person he believed was the mother of two minor girls and confirmed with that person he wanted sexual favors with a minor girl in exchange for $150, Kane County First Assistant State’s Attorney Jody Gleason and Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Christine Bayer said.
No minor was ever present or had contact with Caradine, though.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security officers and Aurora police immediately arrested Caradine.
Caradine's bond was revoked following the conviction, and he is currently in custody in the Kane County jail. Caradine had previously been free on $4,000 bond.
“Human trafficking – child sex exploitation – is unconscionable but prevalent, even in Kane County. Our office has prosecuted many of these cases in recent years," Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.
"Law enforcement at all levels is committed to wiping out child exploitation, targeting both the supply and the demand," McMahon said. "Individuals who seek to have sex with children will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,”
Caradine is next due in court Nov. 29 for sentencing.