A man from Lisle has been ordered to serve in a DuPage County work program, after being convicted of pretending to be a police officer and posting provocative images of himself in the dating section of the Craigslist website following an investigation by Naperville police.
Matthew T. Stanton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempted false personation of a police officer, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton. Prosecutors from the state’s attorney’s office agreed not to pursue an identical, companion charge in exchange for that plea, records indicated.
Judge William I. Ferguson accepted Stanton’s plea and ordered him to serve 10 days in the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program, or SWAP, records showed. Ferguson on Tuesday also placed Stanton on two years of supervision and ordered him to undergo any counseling deemed appropriate by the county’s probation department, according to records.
Stanton, 24, last lived in an apartment on Lake Valley Drive in Lisle. He surrendered on Oct. 25, following an investigation by Naperville police.
His postings to Craigslist were made about 7:15 a.m. Sept. 1 and 2:59 p.m. Sept. 10. He boasted both times of being a police officer.
Naperville police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso in October would say only that Stanton “was posting ads on Craigslist seeking casual dating encounters, and stated he was a police officer.”
Stanton in neither posting identified the law enforcement agency for which he claimed to be working. Cammiso said police “wanted to make sure (he) was not one of our own, and (he) was not.”
Cammiso added some of the images Stanton posted of himself “were of an adult nature.” He did not elaborate.
An examination of court documents indicated Stanton had no prior criminal record in DuPage, Kane and Will counties.