Prosecutors: Man held in abuse case victimized 2 others

An Elmwood Park man accused of fondling a teenage boy and taking lewd pictures of him has been charged with sexually abusing another victim and trying to get a second teenage boy to send him nude photos, authorities said.

Lionel Jackson, 28, was arrested in November charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and child pornography, both felonies, according to prosecutors, and ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail. He already was facing an unrelated felony theft case from earlier this summer, and on Wednesday, Maywood Branch Court Judge Greg Vazquez ordered him held on an additional $600,000 bail in the new cases, involving a sex abuse charge and a child pornography charge, for a total bail of at least $850,000, according to prosecutors and court and jail records.

In child pornography case, Jackson met a 16-year-old boy on the street in Elmwood Park as the boy was heading home from football practice Sept. 9, said Lisa Gordon, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney's offfice. Jackson asked the boy if he knew where Jackson could get marijuana, and they exchanged phone numbers.

The two traded text messages later, and Jackson invited the boy over to his Elmwood Park home, in the 2600 block of North 74th Court in the west suburb, where they smoked marijuana and drank alcohol, prosecutors said. After about an hour and half, the boy got ready to leave, when Jackson offered to perform a sex act on the boy and offered the boy $20 to watch Jackson masturbate.

When the boy responded that he was going home to take a shower, Jackson asked the boy to call him using a video conferencing feature on his phone, but the boy refused, and did not accept Jackson's call when Jackson tried to use the feature later, prosecutors said. Requesting a nude photograph from a 16-year-old can violate the state's child pornography statute, which prohibits soliciting nude photographs from children.

In the other case, Jackson met a 20-year-old man on the street, and they exchanged phone numbers. After a number of text messages, the 20-year-old went over to Jackson's house on Sept. 25.

The two smoked marijuana and drank vodka, and the man fell asleep on a couch at Jackson's home. At some point, the man partially woke up to feel someone taking off his belt.

Jackson later drove the man home, and subsequent to that, sent the victim lewd photographs of himself, Gordon said.

In the earlier case, Jackson met a 16-year-old boy at a car wash in August and invited him to his home, where he smoked marijuana with the boy, then fondled him and took photographs of him after the boy fell asleep, proseuctors said.

Jackson was arrested earlier this year on charges of theft and forgery, both felonies, and that case is still pending, according to Cook County court records. He also has a 2010 felony theft conviction, for which he was sentenced to 18 months probation and community service, records show.

Tribune reporter Jeremy Gorner contributed | Twitter: @ChicagoBreaking

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