A McHenry man facing more than 70 charges has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to soliciting child pornography and grooming a child.
Timothy A. Marcinko, 22, of the 6200 block of Longford Drive in McHenry, was charged with 32 counts of indecent solicitation of a child, 36 counts of possession of child pornography and four counts of grooming.
McHenry Police Chief John Birk announced the charges against Marcinko in November 2019 following a criminal investigation involving a juvenile sex crime.
Court records show that in June 2018, Marcinko used the app called Discord, which is a platform to communicate through text and voice, to communicate with a juvenile under the age of 17.
Marcinko used the app in an attempt to get the juvenile, who lived outside of Illinois, to perform sexual acts on him, McHenry Police Department Public Affairs Officer Patrick Polidori said at the time.
Police also found pornographic photos of the juvenile in Marcinko’s possession, court records show.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Criminal Investigations (DOJ) and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office assisted the McHenry Police Department in the investigation.
Marcinko was taken into custody at his residence in late October 2019 and has since been free on bond.
On Friday, a judge approved a plea deal between Marcinko and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Marcinko pleaded guilty to one count of child pornography, a Class 1 felony, and one count of grooming, a Class 4 felony, in exchange for all of his other charges being dismissed, court records show.
A judge sentenced Marcinko to four years in prison on the first charge and four days in prison on the second charge.
Marcinko will have to pay $2,480 in restitution to the victim, over $5,000 in court fines and fees, and register as a sex offender upon release.