COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Rogers Park man has been charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy he met on Twitter.
Prosecutors allege Scott McMahon, 36, and the boy sent each other sexually explicit messages and photos through Twitter on Saturday. In the messages, the boy said he had just turned 14 and was a freshman in high school, according to Assistant State's Attorney Barry Quinn, who spoke during a bond hearing Thursday.
On Sunday, the boy rode the 'L' to the Jarvis Red Line stop, where he met McMahon, prosecutors said.
McMahon brought the victim back to his apartment in the 1300 block of West Fargo Avenue, and the pair performed sex acts on one another, Quinn said. When the boy left later that day, he took with him McMahon's underwear, Quinn added, and left his own shorts behind in the apartment.
McMahon walked the boy to the train, and the two continued to exchange Twitter messages after the boy went home that day, prosecutors said.
The victim's mother later saw the messages, and the boy told both of his parents what happened, according to Quinn.
When police arrested McMahon on Tuesday, he told officers he met the victim on Twitter, knew the boy was only 14, and that the pair engaged in sex acts, prosecutors said.
McMahon was charged with criminal sexual abuse and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. On Thursday, Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan ordered him held in lieu of $200,000 bail. Should McMahon post bond, she said, he can use his computer for work but not social media.
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