William C. Monroe, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced today the arrest of a Lansing, Illinois man for attempting to travel with the intent of engaging in sex with a minor.
MARTIN N. PAZDZUIRA, age 45, of 18525 Stony Island in Lansing, was arrested in Forest Park without incident late Friday afternoon by special agents and officers assigned to the Chicago FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force (IITF). PAZDZUIRA was charged in a criminal complaint filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, which is a felony offense.
According to the complaint, on August 1, 2012, information was provided to the IITF that PAZDZUIRA had photographs on his cellular phone of nude girls who appeared to be minors. PAZDZUIRA had also allegedly claimed to have traveled by train into Chicago from his home on three occasions to have sex with underage girls he met on an internet chat site. PAZDZUIRA’s screen name on the internet site was “redone2150.”
The complaint sets forth a series of chat and text messages that began August 10, 2012 between PAZDZUIRA and a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl but who was actually an officer from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department (CCSPD) assigned to the IITF. The communications culminated in a plan proposed by PAZDZUIRA that called for PAZDZUIRA and the girl to meet Friday afternoon and then travel together to a hotel in Indiana to have sex. IITF agents and officers, assisted by other officers from the CCSPD, took PAZDZUIRA into custody near the planned meeting location in Forest Park.
PAZDZUIRA appeared yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier in Chicago, at which time he was formally charged. PAZDZUIRA was ordered held without bond pending his next court appearance, which is scheduled for Friday, August 31st, at 2:30 p.m. Until then, PAZDZUIRA is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Chicago. If convicted of the charge filed against him, PAZDZUIRA faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten (10) years’ incarceration to a maximum of life in prison
A photograph of PAZDZUIRA accompanies this release. Anyone recognizing him and having any information which might be relevant to this investigation is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700.
The FBI’s Innocent Images initiative was established in 1996 and is part of a nationwide effort to combat the manufacture, distribution and possession of child pornography. At present, there are 43 separate Innocent Images task forces in various FBI offices around the country, which are investigating similar cases.
The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.