Orland Firefighter Accused of Sex Chats Online With an Undercover Cop Posing as Minor

The Orland Park resident thought he was talking to a 13-year-old girl but actually was chatting online with an undercover police officer in Iowa.

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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voklst June 28, 2012 at 10:43 PM
So now we all know what this sleeze was doing on his days off from the FD. Most fireman get 2nd jobs and have a 2nd income... This hot item (NOT) solicites children...cuz he's such a §tud... Pleeze put him 'Out to Pasture'!!!
Sara Waters June 29, 2012 at 02:27 AM
He needs to be let go. No pay. There's photographic proof he committed a crime. Our tax dollars at their best.
Tom June 29, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Are you kidding me? Stupidity and self control are not enough words to describe worthiness. The job of a firefighter is given to a person who shows true talent and responsibility towards their job and human life. He must have missed the specials on MSN investigative reports.
frank June 29, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Now this is what should be done. If he did show up to work they should ask him how that improper an, so scandalous material got on the former Chief's computer? <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<,
Jason Jones June 29, 2012 at 04:33 AM
They always said OPFD has the best response time in the burbs. Now we know why.
Jason Jones June 29, 2012 at 04:35 AM
@ Sara - Most definitely. Orland Fire district been hitting the tax bills higher and higher each year. You said it. I can bet money he will suspend with pay for about 2-3 years with pay, pending investigation...such a waste.
frank June 29, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Just woke up from a nightmare. A group of people were at a BBQ discussing the absolutely terrible, vile, and creepy firefighter who was in the news for arranging a possible tryst with a young girl. Arguing back and forth about who knew tell tale signs before the news came out. We have to have a sit - down and have some damage control someone shouted. "Try to keep it off TV and in the papers" I think I can handle it, we have one or two PR people to put a positive spin on it. "You know he was sports minded" Don't worry, all the news will be about those Chicago guys getting indicted with the garbage scandal in Cicero. Yeah, I know, I'll be busy but I'll keep an eye out for the OFPD. The phone rang, it was the Mayor following up on two other calls about water conservation, cooling shelter in the police station, times to water, and I think HEAVY FINES. I beginning to wake up to the hefty fine for watering and yet we are paying a firefighter not to work? That's a couple of nightmares, I'm going back to sleep. GOODNIGHT! <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<,
pam June 29, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Yes, give rewards instead of suspension without pay pending the outcome. Are you kidding me?!?!?!?!
paul cervenka June 29, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Well I'm just shocked. How could this be? The people who help us in our time of need are doing what? Lets see if the new Chief knows how to fire...people. If not, the board will. Much BAD BEHAVIOR still remains from the last era. Take note taxpayers. This FD is a slum. More house cleaning is required. If we knew "everything" there would be a riot. The Referendum for a Fire Department looks better every day. Kill this disgusting mess once and for all. Not worth saving.
SouthSide June 29, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I suppose it's paid leave because until PROVEN guilty in a court of law, a person is presumed innocent. Icky subject matter. I hope this man hasn't harmed anyone. If he did, I hope he rots in jail for a long long time and never again is allowed to serve the public.
Sue June 29, 2012 at 02:57 PM
What happened to "rewards and consequences"? If I goofed off at work that would be the end of me. I would have to fight for my job back and prove my innocents. OK so this guy is “innocent until proven guilty”. So, what happens to all the Paid leave for doing nothing if he is proven guilty? Tell me how does this guy get paid for a vacation now. I agree, keep him working and maybe he’ll have to hang his head Among all the wonderful Orland Fire Protection District employees who are really Trying to protect our citizens’ property and lives 24-hours a day. Please don’t tell me that this is in the union contract. The next contract should not be approved for such nonsense. This is happening once too many times these days. Let’s have a clause in the contract for a job well done.
Sara Waters June 29, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I would think it's a union thing. But the fact is there's photographic (his naked body) proof that he sent. I know he's 'innocent until proven guilty' but it's silly. If this case does take years to complete the investigation and get through the court system how much of our tax dollars (his salary) is wasted? That particular station will then be out the man hours cause they have to pay for him to be at home. If he sent his naked pictures to a female employee would he then be on paid leave or does that mean an automatic dismissal? We need to get a referendum put on the ballot to have these matters handled differently. Unpaid leave because this isn't an accusation, there's evidence. If he's married with a family, my sympathies go out to them. All the time of seeing Chris Hanson Catch a Predator I often wonder what the poor wives have to deal with after they get caught.
paul cervenka June 29, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Make no mistake. There are some excellent professionals at the FD. They deserve better and we need to see to it. The Fire District is wrong for OP. We need a Fire Department, that can be funded by "any means" the village (taxpayers) see's fit. This district is funded by taxing as a government body, your personal property (home) and abusing that privilage. I call it Extortion. It breeds this kind of behavior. Union contract keeps this person paid. I don't need to see a union defend this behavior and then tell us, it's fixed. Another reason unions are dying including my own. I saw it for 35 years in the trades. In the military this person would be locked up right now. Dicipline-dignity-pride and professionalism should be a top priority. The officers need to be held accountable. That's their job. NO excuses. Pay and benifits at twice the national average leaves no room for disgusting news like this. Strike 2 on the OPFPD.
Responsible Government ? June 30, 2012 at 03:24 AM
This is how the self annointed"highest trained" FD acts. All these F D rackets need to go back to the volunteer FD that existed forever until the "bosses" got involved. I bet he was doing this on the clock. And he is still getting paid"????
Responsible Government ? June 30, 2012 at 03:35 AM
These are Government Union jobs. Totally different than private sector jobs. All the government sectors cover for each other and pass the expenses to the taxpayer,behind closed doors. They rely on the uniformed and ignorant taxpayer to not notice the negotiations. People in Illinois have become so numb to government wrongdoings, they just tune them out.
Responsible Government ? June 30, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Why are they paying the new Fire Cheif so much? He makes more than most people in OP. What was they"re 40or60 people who applied for the job. I" m sure they could have hired a Chief for half as much. We are in a recession...I mean the taxpayers are in a recession. Sounds familiar http://www.publicsafetyproject.org/elsegundo/elsegundo_payroll.html
frank June 30, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Hi Res Gov?, Segundo article is right on to what OFD would like. For fun, check out what lifeguards get in CA. Even $4 thousand for sunscreen a year. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<,,
Responsible Government ? June 30, 2012 at 09:31 PM
M. J. July 01, 2012 at 09:13 PM
The city of Boston, Massachusetts, established America's first publicly funded paid fire department in 1679. The Union Fire Company, sometimes called Benjamin Franklin's Bucket Brigade, was a volunteer fire department formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1736 with the assistance of Benjamin Franklin. So - which came first, paid or volunteer firefighters?
Responsible Government ? July 01, 2012 at 09:31 PM
http://moh.tie.net/content/docs/2010/Research/HistoryofVolunteerFirefightingintheUnitedStates.pdf 1608
Mike Davis July 03, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Resp Gov, Do you know of any links, similar to http://www.publicsafetyproject.org/elsegundo/elsegundo_payroll.html, that apply to Illinois related governments? Too many "Public Servants" feel entitled and spend much time trying to take advantage of their employment situation. It is important that the taxpayers understand how their hard earned money is being spent. Thanks for your help.
sarah fleming August 06, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I think this man was unjustly used by the Iowa sheriff's office....he was lured into this without his knowledge....
sarah fleming August 06, 2012 at 11:57 PM
think of his family.........especially having 2 kids of his own
frank August 07, 2012 at 04:48 AM
What? No further comment to stupidity. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Concern August 11, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Sarah-LURED into it....really????? How do you get lured into sending your NAKED pix over the internet??? and Without his knowledge?--that's a new one!--next we will hear his Dog did it!..... and I think everyone is thinking about his family -2 KIDS----it is common knowledge that predators prey on kids they have known a long time....I am just glad my kids don't hang with that family! Don't get me wrong I feel bad for the family.....NOT HIM!
Concern August 11, 2012 at 01:26 PM
The Chi Tribune reported......"......The two conversed via instant messages and, on March 8 and 16, Milenkovic allegedly transmitted video to the investigator that depicted him masturbating. On April 12, Milenkovic allegedly wanted to set up a meeting with the child.....". The evidence shown here would seem very very hard to make any jury believe he was LURED withOUT his knowledge....and jury will care that he has 2 kids (who potentially have many friends) because......that just opens the doors to more unthinkable acts. As far as getting paid leave.......the system needs to change!
sarah fleming August 19, 2012 at 07:10 PM
so whats the final verdict on this firefighters case? jail time?
frank August 19, 2012 at 07:29 PM
They gave him his pension and wait for the court system to play out. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.
sarah fleming August 19, 2012 at 07:33 PM
so he's free on bail to do whatever he likes....sad
frank August 20, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Sarah, if you think this is sad, research a littlle of the OFPD for the last 2 years to see some real sad situations and solutions. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<,


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