Evanston man arrested in connection with sexual abuse of 14-year-old

Ciara McCarthy, City Editor

Police arrested an Evanston man Friday morning in connection with multiple counts related to aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The man engaged in sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy, police said.

Officers arrested Jonathan Labe on Friday morning at his Evanston home in the 900 block of Reba Place. Labe made contact with the boy through Craigslist. Both posted personal ads on the site. The boy’s ad was initially posted on Craigslist in October, police said. Labe, 53, responded to the boy’s ad, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. The boy did not disclose his real age on the ad, although at some point during their interactions the boy admitted to Labe he was younger than 17, the boy later told police. Sexual contact between the two took place on more than one occasion, Parrott said.

Labe was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 in bond court Saturday, said Steve Campbell, spokesman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. Labe will appear again in court Tuesday, Campbell said.

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