DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Carol Stream Deputy Chief of Police John Jungers announced Saturday that bond has been set for an Algonquin man accused of arranging to meet an underage boy for sexual purposes.
Roger Rice, 63, of 1520 Meghan Ave., appeared in bond court Saturday morning, when Judge Thomas Else set bond at $25,000 with 10% to apply. Rice has been charged with one count of traveling to meet a child, a Class 3 felony, and one count of grooming, a Class 4 felony.
On Friday, officers with the Carol Stream Police Department were flagged down by one of two men standing near a parked vehicle in the parking lot of the Starbucks on North Avenue and Schmale Road in Carol Stream, authorities said.
Through their analysis of the situation, officers learned that Rice allegedly was at the Starbucks to meet who he believed to be a 15-year-old boy to engage in sexual activity. Ross was taken into custody at the time and transported to the DuPage County Jail.
“The allegations that Mr. Rice traveled to DuPage County to meet a young boy for a sexual encounter are beyond disturbing,” Berlin said. “Thankfully, Mr. Rice never got the opportunity to carry out his disgusting plan. This case is yet another example of how sexual predators target our children and should serve as a reminder to parents to discuss with their children the dangers lurking on the internet.”
Rice allegedly met the teenage boy on an online dating site.
“Regardless of the difficult circumstances we all find ourselves living under at the moment, the Carol Stream Police Department remains vigilant in protecting our citizens from anyone who would do them harm including sexual predators, as alleged in this case,” Jungers said.
The Carol Stream Police Department and Assistant State’s Attorney Heather Misura assisted in the case.