SYCAMORE – A Connecticut man is facing criminal sexual assault and abuse charges after police say he lured a 14-year-old girl online, traveled to DeKalb to meet her at a Super 8 Motel and solicited her for sex.
Cole D. Brodeur, 29, of the first block of Erin Street in Middletown, Connecticut, is charged with criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, luring a minor, solicitation to meet a child and sexual exploitation of a child. He appeared in front of DeKalb County Judge Robbin Stuckert Monday for a bond hearing, which was continued to Thursday pending further review from his public defender, Robert McCullough, at which time Stuckert will review the DeKalb County State's Attorney's request to deny bail.
If convicted of the most serious crime, criminal sexual assault of a minor, Brodeur could face 30 years to life in prison and fines up to $25,000.
According to DeKalb County court records, Sycamore police initially began an investigation on Saturday around 1 p.m. for a missing minor, a 14-year-old girl living in Sycamore. Around 2 a.m. the following day, the girl was found with Brodeur at a Super 8 Motel in the 800 block of West Fairview Drive in DeKalb.
Sycamore police initially interviewed the girl along with Bordeur, and both were released--the girl to her parents and Brodeur without charges. Around 2:30 a.m., police in Wheaton stopped Brodeur for speeding 35 miles over the limit, and he later admitted to police that he was attempting to flee back to his home in Connecticut.
During an investigation by Sycamore police detectives and the Wheaton Police Department, police discovered what they believed to be evidence of criminal activity.
Brodeur later admitted to a Sycamore police detective that he'd "begun a relationship" with the girl, who he knew to be under 17 years of age. Brodeur told police he spoke with the girl via computer and cell phone and arranged to come to Sycamore to have sex with her, so he traveled from Connecticut, court records show.
He picked her up from her parents' home in Sycamore without their knowledge, went to a local store to purchase sexual lubricant, and drove to the Super 8 Motel with her, where he rented a room, records show, and where the sexual assault of a child is presumed to have happened, records show.
Police expect further charges of speeding over 35 miles and unlawful possession of a controlled substance to be forthcoming from DuPage County.
Brodeur is set to appear again in front of Stuckert at 1 p.m. Thursday. Sycamore Police are still gathering information for the ongoing investigation, and ask anyone with relevant information to call the department at 815-895-2123.