A Lake Bluff man, who is a sexual predator, is being held on a $3 million bond after he allegedly used TikTok to try and lure a 12-year-old boy from North Carolina to his home.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was notified earlier this year by the Cumberland County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office after a parent of a 12-year-old boy who resides in North Carolina made a police report with them.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli said the parent located concerning text messages and TikTok messages.
The messages were sent by Jason M. Silsdorf, 36, of the 500 block of Rockland Road in unincorporated Lake Bluff, Covelli said.
The text messages indicated Silsdorf was making arrangements with the child to travel to his Lake Bluff residence.
A further investigation revealed Silsdorf purchased a bus ticket and emailed it to the boy.
The ticket was intended for the boy to take the bus from a bus station near his house to Chicago where the man was going to meet the boy and drive him back to his Lake Bluff residence, Covelli said.
Silsdorf is a registered sexual predator and is required to disclose all of his social media accounts and telephone numbers while conducting his annual registration with the sheriff’s office.
Detectives discovered Silsdorf was utilizing social media accounts and a telephone number that he had not disclosed.
On Thursday, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office drafted an arrest warrant for luring, a Class 2 felony, and unlawful failure of a sexual offender to report an internet site, a Class 2 felony.
A judge approved the arrest warrant and set bond at $3 million. The judge also authorized a search warrant for Silsdorf’s residence.
On Monday, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at the residence and arrested the man without incident.
Several electronic items were seized by detectives and will be further examined, Covelli said.
Silsdorf remains held in the Lake County Jail pending an initial court hearing.
“The internet is a very easy place for predators to hide,” said Sheriff John Idleburg.
“Any parent would be shocked to learn their child is engaging in communication with a sexual predator, but it happens far too often. Thankfully, in this case, an alert parent found concerning messages before their child boarded a bus out of state. Please always monitor your children’s online communications,” Idleburg said.