A man from Plainfield avoided a prison sentence Friday but will spend the next decade as a convicted child sex offender, for trying to arrange a tryst with a 12-year-old Naperville girl.
The girl’s mother was credited by Naperville police with helping them to identify and arrest the man, Bryan E. Woldman, 36, of the 7000 block of Clearwater Drive in Plainfield.
Police last year said Woldman used Facebook and other electronic media in his attempts to arrange a rendezvous with the girl, now 13.
Woldman’s bond was set at $1 million, after he was formally charged with indecent solicitation, traveling to meet a minor and grooming.
The solicitation and grooming counts were dismissed Sept. 20 in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet, the day Woldman pleaded guilty to the charge of traveling to meet a minor, according to court records.
Charles B. Pelkie, spokesman for State’s Attorney James Glasgow, said prosecutors argued unsuccessfully for a prison term for Woldman during his appearance Friday in Judge Robert P. Livas’ courtroom.
Livas instead placed Woldman on two years of sex offender probation and ordered him to register with authorities for the next 10 years as a convicted sex offender, Pelkie said.
An examination of court documents indicated Woldman had no prior criminal record in Will, DuPage and Kane counties.
Police on Dec. 21, 2012 began investigating Woldman, after the mother discovered her daughter was communicating with him “via Facebook, cell phone, text, and Skype,” according to a news release.
Members of the department’s High Technology Crimes Unit in the ensuing weeks exchanged “sexually explicit text messages” with Woldman, who believed he was communicating with the girl, the release read in part.
Woldman the evening of Feb. 8, 2013 drove from his home to the AMC Showplace Naperville 16 movie theater complex near 95th Street and Route 59 on the city’s far southwest side, where he though he would be meeting the girl “for a sexual encounter,” the release continued. He was taken into custody there by detectives and members of the department’s Special Operations Group, according to the release.
Woldman reportedly works or worked as a personal trainer at a Naperville-area health and fitness club.