An Orland Fire Protection District firefighter faces two felony charges, police said, after he said he struck up online sex chats with a person he believed was a 13-year-old Iowa girl.
About three months ago, the man entered a Yahoo online chat room and sent the messages, but he was actually chatting with an undercover officer in Iowa posing as the minor, according to police.
On Wednesday morning, police took a search warrant to the man’s Orland Park residence, and arrested him, concluding a three-month investigation by the Orland Park Internet Crimes Investigations Unit, according to a release from the .
Dean Milenkovic, 46, of the 11200 block of Marley Brooke Court in Orland Park, is charged with one felony count of grooming, and one other felony count of possessing harmful material.
Milenkovic was in court for a hearing Thursday morning in Bridgeview, where Judge Terence Smith set bail at $30,000.
Prosecutors said Milenkovic sent the supposed minor a naked photo and a naked video of him in the Yahoo chat room, and asked for a private chat, according to a Sun-Times Media report by Lauren Fitzpatrick. Prosecutors also claimed that he asked to meet the supposed minor, according to the report.
He has been employed by Orland Fire since 1996.
The Orland Fire Protection District released the following statement:
“The Orland Fire Protection District was made aware of an investigation by an out of state police agency regarding harmful material involving a minor via the internet, and the arrest of an employee that took place Wednesday morning,” OFPD Chief Ken Brucki said.
“We are working with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office through the Orland Park Police Department to identify all the facts. Dean Milenkovic has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the investigation. I am most concerned about the integrity of the Fire District and all of our employees to ensure that the public continues to have complete confidence in our ability to provide the emergency services they expect.”
Brucki has made all of the district’s employees aware of the situation and is providing counseling to any employees distressed by this unfortunate news.
A message left on Milenkovic's phone was not immediately returned.
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