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Bureau County Man Tried Meeting Young Girl For Sex

Posted by wlpo on September 11, 2010

Federal officials say a Tiskilwa man has been sentenced to a decade in prison after pleading guilty to attempting to entice a minor for sex.

64-year old Gregory Merkley thought he was chatting online with a 14-year old girl and planned to meet her at a Peoria mall for sex.  The person he was chatting with turned out to be a Peoria County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Prosecutors dropped a charge against Merkley of attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.

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