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Crime & Courts

Aurora man who left phone number on park bench accused of soliciting child

Matthew M. Gruzlewski, 47, of Aurora
Matthew M. Gruzlewski, 47, of Aurora

DEKALB – An Aurora man who police say left his phone number on a park bench in an attempt to solicit sex was being held in DeKalb County jail on Monday.

Matthew M. Gruzlewski, 47, of the 200 block of Port Royal Circle, is charged with indecent solicitation of a child, traveling to meet a child and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

If convicted of either of the most serious charges of indecent solicitation or traveling to meet a child, Gruzlewski faces up to 5 years in prison. He was taken into custody by DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies on Friday afternoon, according to a news release.

The sheriff’s office began the investigation after receiving a complaint of a phone number written on a bench in P.A. Nehring Forest Preserve. When called, the person who answered offered to bring what police described as “stimulant narcotics” and have sex, Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan said. The number has since been removed from the bench.

According to the release, a detective posing as a child contacted Gruzlewski through texts and email. Gruzlewski offered the detective posing as a child drugs, asked for nude photos of them and also sent a nude photo, according to the release.

The detective arranged to meet Gruzlewski later that day at 308 E. Bethany Road, DeKalb, the parking lot of the P.A. Nehring Forest Preserve. There he was arrested by sheriff’s deputies.

According to court documents, Judge William Brady on Saturday set bond for Gruzlewski at $10,000; he would need $1,000 to get out of jail. He was scheduled for a bond reduction hearing at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Gruzlewski is being represented by the public defender’s office.

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