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Wisconsin Man Indicted for Sexual Exploitation of a Child
July 23, 2014 a Lake County Grand Jury indicted Jason E. Wiese, 28, of the 200
Block of 3rd Street in Melrose, Wisconsin for three counts of
Grooming (Class 4 Felonies preparing someone with the goal of sexual abuse) and
two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Class A Misdemeanors).
2013, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit began an online child
exploitation investigation. Wiese began communicating with who he
believed was a 14 year-old girl. During the on-going communication, Wiese
began grooming who he believed was the 14 year-old girl. Wiese sent
numerous lewd images of himself and requested lewd images in return from who he
thought was the 14 year-old girl. He also had numerous sexually explicit
conversations with the “girl.”
was very active on the Paltalk Internet chat application. Paltalk is a
chat application where individuals can communicate via text and webcam
transmissions in chat rooms or through private messages. Wiese was using
the Paltalk username “jasonweasle” and would frequent the “teens only” section
May 14, 2014 a $50,000 arrest warrant was obtained for Wiese for three counts
of Grooming and two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child. On May 15,
2014 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit and cyber investigators
with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office met with Jackson County
(Wisconsin) Sheriff’s Office detectives. Wiese was arrested at that time
an interview with Wiese, he said he has communicated with others online from
Illinois. He also indicated he has “been with a few girls” from Illinois.
is scheduled to appear for arraignment on August 6, 2014 at 9:00 am.
is Wiese’s Jackson County booking photograph as well as his Paltalk profile
picture. If you recognize Wiese as someone who has communicated with or
solicited your child please contact Detective Chris Covelli of the Lake County
Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit at 847.377.4145.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Raises the Bar Behind
Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr. is proud to announce the Illinois Department of Corrections conducted their annual inspection of the Lake County Jail and not only did they recognize we were compliant, they also discuss improvements and policy changes implemented in the jail since the last inspection of 2013.
On July 15, 2014 the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) conducted its annual inspection of the Lake County Jail. Illinois law requires IDOC to inspect each county jail annually and to make the results of inspections available for public review.
The jail has a capacity of 740 inmates. The inspection date population was 610 inmates. There are 221 full time employees assigned to jail responsibilities.
As noted by the IDOC inspection, several improvements have been made. They include five new wheel chairs for detainee transport, two new restraint chairs, Aramark is the new vendor for food services, all security staff carries OC spray, every shift conducts updated electronic security checks, and Wexford Health Services began providing medical services on February 1, 2014.
Additionally, Sheriff Curran is announcing to the community through this release that on July 11, 2014 the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) accredited the Lake County Jail.
The NCCHC has 35 essential standards and 33 are applicable to the Lake County Jail. 100% of the applicable essential standards must be met in order to receive accreditation.
The Lake County Jail is accredited through the American Correctional Association (ACA) for our operational services and NCCHC for our health care services. This month also marks an important turning point for the Lake County Jail. On July23, 2014 Sheriff Curran signed a contract to receive accreditation through CALEA Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies).
Lake County Joining Heroin Fight with Anti-Overdose Drug - All Officers to Carry Spray That Counteracts Effects of Overdose
It's time to erase the common stereotype of a heroin abuser as a person lurking stoned in a dark alley with a dirty needle sticking out of an arm, Lake County health care and law enforcement leaders say.
Instead, according to members of the Lake County Opioid Initiative, the new heroin abuser is a person who looks, acts, walks and talks just like everyone else.Abusers are people in middle-class and affluent neighborhoods, teens going to high school or college,and people you may work with daily at your job.
"It's not the guy in the alley anymore. It's our kids," Lake County Undersheriff Raymond Rose said Thursday at a monthly Lake County Opioid Initiative meeting. Read more...
Road to Accreditation
07-23-2014 Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr. is pleased to announce the Lake County Sheriff’s Office signed the contract to receive Accreditation through CALEA today.
Sheriff Curran has a vision for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to become the preeminent public safety agency in Lake County. “We will be known for our leadership, contemporary practices, and use of technology,” said Sheriff Curran.
What is CALEA? CALEA is the process of voluntarily complying with a set of professional standards dealing with policies and procedures. CALEA is based on established professional policing practices. There are several benefits of becoming and maintaining Accreditation through CALEA. Some of the benefits include: a sense of well-being and safety in the hearts and minds of the residents, jurisdiction becomes more attractive to economic and community development, County Board and other leaders are assured of the quality of public safety, international recognition, employee pride and increased awareness and morale, the ability to analyze delivery of services; measure its culpability; administer consistent discipline; and insulate against civil litigation, and assurances that the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is trained and functioning in line with established policies and procedures.
The signing of the contract occurred today at 4:30 pm at the CALEA conference in Schaumburg, Illinois. Seated from left to right: CALEA Executive Director W. Craig Hartley, Jr. and Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. Standing from left to right: Deputy Chief Doug Larsson, Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose, and Sergeant Sara Balmes.
Sheriff Curran Hosts Human Trafficking Seminar
On July 11, 2014 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will host a seminar on Human Trafficking: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. This is the second course Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. will host on this topic this year. On January 30, 2014 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office hosted a five hour course on Human Trafficking and Indentured Servitude.
Speakers for Friday’s course will include the Director of the Salvation Army PROMISE program and Founder of Anne’s House along with Detective Al Krok. The seminar will be held at Crossroads Church located at 1350 Route 137 in Grayslake from 9:00 am-4:30 pm.
Participants will be taught the skills necessary to recognize the commercial sexual exploitation of children, detect risk factors, identify and effectively engage victims, and build skills necessary to serve youths affected by human trafficking.
Members of the media interested in attending this seminar should RSVP to Sergeant Balmes so accommodations can be made.
Gurnee Man Charged with Child Pornography
In June of 2014 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit with assistance from cyber investigators of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office conducted a child pornography investigation which resulted in the issuance of a search warrant.
On July 8, 2014 the search warrant was executed and Benjamin D. Niskanen, 21, of the 7400 Block of Korbel Dr in Gurnee, was arrested at his residence. Evidence was seized from the residence which included multiple electronic devices capable of storing electronic media. A forensic examination of the media devices revealed an extensive amount of images and videos identified as child pornography.
Niskanen was charged with five counts of possession of child pornography (Class 2 Felonies).
Niskanen’s jail bond was set at $100,000.00. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 14, 2014.
Lake County Sheriff's Office Releases Independence Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket Crackdown Statistics
“The Lake County Sheriff’s Office issued a total of 214 citations which include eight drunk-driving arrests, issued 36 seat belt citations, six child restraint citations, six using cell phone while driving citations, five illegal transportation of alcohol citations, 13 driving while license revoked/suspended citations, 51 speeding citations, 11 non traffic citations and served two arrest warrants during the recent Independence Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket crackdown on drunk drivers and seat belt law violators,” said Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. “We also reminded everyone that our Marine Unit would be out enforcing the laws on the waterways. The Marine Unit issued a total of 32 citations which include four operating while intoxicated arrests and conducted a total of 61 safety boardings,” Curran said.
Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in this statewide effort to get drunk drivers off our roadways and encourage seat belt use, especially during late-night hours.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with state and local law enforcement agencies in conducting the crackdown campaign featuring high-visibility enforcement combined with a variety of outreach activities including a media campaign and additional police activity.
Extra emphasis was given to the late-night hours when statistics show the highest number of motorists drink and drive and the fewest buckle up.
The recent law enforcement crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety and is part of the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns.