Cop Pretends to be Teenage Girl & Catches Pedophile, Say Police

A Chicago man's sex chats with someone he thought was a 14-year-old Naperville girl turned out to really be with a cop, so he went to jail, police said.

A Chicago man who thought he was preying on a 14-year-old Naperville girl got the surprise of his life when he found out he'd actually been sex-talking and exposing himself to a cop, police said.

Mark Barreto, 34, of 300 N. Canal St. was jailed Wednesday on charges of aggravated child pornography, regular child pornography, indecent solicitation of a child, and grooming.

"The Bolingbrook Police Department, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the FBI were instrumental in conducting the investigation and securing the arrest," according to a release from the Will County State's Attorney's Office. 

Barreto allegedly transferred digital images of child pornography over the Internet. His online creepiness also included discussing "acts of sexual conduct over the Internet with someone he believed to be a child" and exposing "himself to that individual," according to a statement released by Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow's office.

But the person Barreto believed to be a child was in reality "the persona of a 14-year-old Naperville girl that was created by High Technology Crimes Unit investigators," the statement said.

A Bolingbrook man with whom Barreto discussed setting up a sex date with a 14-year-old girl at a Bolingbrook hotel "launched" the investigation into Barreto's alleged illegal conduct, according to the statement from the state's attorney's office. The same statement said Barreto's arrest followed a six-month investigation by the High Technology Crimes Unit.

Six months ago, officers with the High Technology Crimes Unit arrested Bolingbrook man Joseph Truschke on five counts of aggravated child pornography.

Truschke, 35, faced up to 30 years in prison on the class X felony charge, but after pleading guilty six weeks ago—and despite a prior sex crime conviction for sexually abusing a 4-year-old—he is due to be released from prison only four years after he was locked up.

Truschke is doing his time at Big Muddy Correctional Center.

Barreto's bond was set at $250,000. Just as Truschke had when he was arrested, Barreto faces up to 30 years in prison on the aggravated child pornography charge alone.



ctu November 22, 2012 at 11:57 PM
mark, what were u thinking?
John Roberts November 23, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I would rather have police catching these people than out catching,in trapping people with minor petty offenses...Here is time well spent...
Colorado Tec November 27, 2012 at 01:32 PM
This guy works at university. I'm a student there and very disappointed. I noticed he's back at work. I'm just flabber gas that they allowed him back at CTU. we need to speak Up and get him out. I know some of my classmates wanted to go public.
stephanie November 27, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Aghast at your comment. He abused a 4 year old and a 14 year old. I don't care about the semantics of pedophile. I think you attacking the editor was underhanded.
Dragonfly December 14, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Shana Rowan are you for real? Do you have some kind of sick love of sex offenders? Anyone who preys on a child is a predator and that can not be 'loved' or "punished" or "Counseled" out of them. I am GLAD to know that officers are out there catching these sickos and I know it is not an easy job to be on the front lines of witnessing these abhorrent behaviors. THANK YOU PATCH for keeping us updated on who the sickos are as they are caught.


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