Orland firefighter busted for sexual chats with ‘young girl’
By Lauren FitzPatrick Sun-Times Media firstname.lastname@example.org June 28, 2012 1:56PM
Orland Township firefighter Dean Milenkovic is accused of sending sexy internet messages to a person he believed was a young girl.
Updated: June 29, 2012 9:17AM
A 46-year-old Orland Township firefighter thought he was sending sexy internet messages, including video of himself naked, to a 13-year-old girl from Iowa, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.
Only Dean Milenkovic was actually chatting online with an undercover investigator in February and March, they said.
Milenkovic, of Orland Park, now is charged with felony grooming, after sending naked photos and a sex video to the chatter he believed was a young girl.
Judge Terence B. Smith set Milenkovic’s bail at $30,000 Thursday morning in the county courthouse in Bridgeview, and banned him from using the Internet, Cook County State’s Attorney spokesman Andy Conklin said.
Milenkovic identified himself in the Yahoo chat room as a 43-year-old from Joliet and asked the “girl” to join him in a private chat, prosecutors said at the hearing. He asked her for a photo, then sent two of himself. In the first, he wore a T-shirt and baseball cap, in the second he was naked.
Identifying himself as “Dean” on March 8, Milenkovic sat in a chair in front of a computer, naked from the waist down and masturbated, prosecutors said.
Video showed that about a week later, he chatted again with the investigator he thought was “13/f/Iowa” about sex .
On April 12, police were told Milenkovic had reached out again to his chat partner, wanting to see her body and set up a meeting.
Questioned by police, Milenkovic identified himself in the video chat, prosecutors said, and said he knew his online partner was 13.
The Orland Township Fire Protection District said Milenkovic was hired in 1996.
In a statement issued Thursday, Chief Ken Brucki said the district is cooperating with authorities and that Milenkovic has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
“I am most concerned about the integrity of the fire district and all of our employees to ensure that the public continues to have complete confidence in our ability to provide the emergency services they expect,” the statement said.
Milenkovic could not be reached for comment. A message left at his home Thursday was not returned.