SHOREWOOD – A Bolingbrook man was charged with eavesdropping for allegedly recording a conversation between himself and a Shorewood police officer and posting it online, authorities said.
Michael R. Cronin, 43, of the 1400 block of Danhof Drive in Bolingbrook, was charged Wednesday with eavesdropping without consent. The incident allegedly occurred Aug. 25, according to court records.
Shorewood Deputy Police Chief Jason Barten said Cronin allegedly recorded the conversation with an officer on a phone. Cronin then allegedly posted the recorded conversation online. Barten declined to disclose where the recording was posted.
He said the officer was trying to help Cronin with a dispute with a woman.
“The incident wasn’t even criminal in nature. The officer was trying to give him some direction, trying to give him some options, and he was unlawfully audio recording the officer,” Barten said.
The offense is considered a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in jail.
Under Illinois law, a person commits the offense of eavesdropping when he or she uses a device to secretly record a private conversation without the consent of all parties involved.