On July 19, 2023, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Group in collaboration with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) concluded an investigation which resulted in the arrest of a man for the offense of indecent solicitation of a child.
For the past several weeks, Philip S. Bromley, 44, of the 200 block of Creekside Trail, McHenry, was communicating with an undercover detective online. The detective was posing as a girl under the age of 14. During the conversations, Bromley enticed the ‘child’ to meet with him for the purpose of a sexual relationship.
Bromley worked out a plan to meet the ‘girl’ to engage in the encounter and traveled to Lake County. On July 19th, when Bromley arrived to meet the ‘girl,’ he was met by detectives with the Special Investigations Group.
After reviewing the facts and circumstances of the incident, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the following charges:
Indecent Solicitation of a Minor (Class 3 Felony)
Traveling to Meet a Minor (Class 3 Felony)
Grooming (Class 4 Felony)
Detectives determined Bromley was a former youth volleyball coach in the McHenry County Area. Anyone that may have been victimized by Bromley are encouraged to file a report with their local law enforcement agency.
Sheriff John D. Idleburg said, “Our Special Investigations Group apprehended another man who used social media to prey on our most vulnerable. We continue to stress the importance to parents and guardians - be vigilant and monitor who your children are talking to on social media. Predators commonly use these applications to entice children.”
Bromley remains held in the Lake County Jail pending an initial court hearing this morning.
All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.