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Charleston man sentenced to prison for sex solicitation

Charleston man sentenced to prison for sex solicitation

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CHARLESTON — A man was sentenced to prison for soliciting sex online from someone he thought was a teenage girl.

Wesley O. Turner Jr. received the sentence for using an online chat site to make the solicitation to someone who was actually an investigating police officer.

Wesley O. Turner Jr.

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Turner, 53, for whom court records show a Charleston address, was sentenced to 2½ years in prison for his conviction of indecent solicitation of a child.

The police agency of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office created the online profile of the girl, with a fictitious birth date of Nov. 17, 2005, to which Turner responded, according to the case’s prosecutor.

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Turner wasn’t the target of a specific investigation until after he responded to the profile on the Meet Me chat site, Coles County Assistant State’s Attorney Jenifer Schiavone said.

Turner pleaded guilty to the charge in March. At that time, there was no agreement on the sentence he would receive, though other, related charges were dismissed.

At sentencing, however, there was an agreement on the prison term for the conviction that could have resulted in two to five years in prison or up to 2½ years or probation.

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Circuit Judge James Glenn accepted the recommendation from Schiavone and Public Defender Anthony Ortega.

The charges accused Turner of making the solicitations between October and January. The charge to which he pleaded guilty accused him of saying “I will take your virginity” and making another reference to sex with the girl.

The dismissed charges including one count of grooming, a felony offense that accused Turner of trying to lure the girl into a sex act.

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Also dismissed were charges of sexual exploitation of a child, misdemeanor offenses accusing Turner of sending a video and photo of him exposing himself.


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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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