A Geneseo man was arraigned in Henry County Circuit Court Thursday on sex-related charges.
Steven A. Schmidt, 32, was charged with Class 3 indecent solicitation of a child, Class 3 failure to register as a sex offender, Class 4 solicitation to meet a child, Class 3 traveling to meet a minor, Class 4 unlawful grooming and Class 4 unlawful communication by a child sex offender. All are felonies.
According to the charges, Mr. Schmidt is alleged to have solicited Kewanee Police Detective Michael Minx, who was posing as a 16-year-old, to perform a sexual act and to meet him at a Geneseo address other than for a lawful purpose.
Mr. Schmidt is alleged to have traveled for the purpose of engaging in aggravated criminal sexual abuse with a person he believed to be a 16-year-old after using cell phone text messages to solicit that person.
The grooming charge involves allegedly using an online service or cell phone to seduce the police detective, who was posing as a 16-year-old, to commit aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Mr. Schmidt is also alleged to have failed to register a Facebook account under the name of Andrew Comp. All charges involve alleged activity between Aug. 18 and Aug. 26.
Charges were filed Wednesday, when Judge Dana McReynolds set Mr. Schmidt's bond at $200,000. On Thursday Judge McReynolds appointed public defender James Cosby to represent Mr. Schmidt and set a Sept. 8 preliminary hearing.