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Illinois Man Facing Charges of Attempted Aggravated Kidnapping of Texas Minor

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An Illinois man, who was communicating with a 14-year-old girl on the Internet, is facing a second-degree felony charge after a sting operation by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office was completed in the Katy area Tuesday night.

James Wean Jr., 49, is charged with Attempted Aggravated Kidnapping after being arrested near a gas station in the 3500 block of Pin Oak at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.

For the past two weeks, Wean has been communicating online with a Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes detective posing as a teenage girl. Wean drove to Texas from his home in Pearl City, Ill., which is a small town southwest of Springfield, Ill., near the border with Missouri.

Wean originally was communicating with a real girl, whose parents noted a strange exchange on Facebook and took away the girl’s electronic devices and called the Sheriff’s Office. The indication given to the detective online was that Wean was planning to take the girl away, possibly out of the country.

A team of detectives and deputies captured Wean near a gas station not far from Interstate 10.Wean is being held in the Fort Bend County Jail without bond and is scheduled to go before a magistrate Thursday morning.

The Sheriff’s Office received assistance in the case from ICE agents (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), Sugar Land Police Department and the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office in this case. A second degree felony carries a punishment of 2 to 20 years with a possible fine not to exceed $10,000.

If you find yourself in a criminal situation you will need all the help you can get, regardless of where the charges are coming from. A case such as this one that involves a criminal and a victim in different states requires a criminal defense lawyer who understands federal laws. Do not hesitate to get qualified legal help as soon as possible. Contact an experienced Cook County criminal defense attorney today to determine the best course of action for dealing with your criminal charges.

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