ANTIOCH – A 25-year-old man from unincorporated Antioch has been charged in connection with sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl he met online.
About 3:15 a.m. May 27, Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an address in the 40200 block of North Bonham Court, near Antioch, for a 911 call, according to a news release.
The caller indicated George Soriano, 25, of the 40200 block of North Bonham Court, had picked the girl and a friend up at their home in Wisconsin, police said. Soriano allegedly drove the girls to his home and sexually assaulted one of the girls, a 13-year-old.
Both girls were rescued by sheriff’s deputies and taken to an area hospital for evaluation.
Further investigation revealed Soriano met the girls on a social media application, police said. On May 27, Soriano communicated with the girls on social media and made a plan to pick them up. The girls indicated they were fearful of Soriano because he had a firearm, police said.
It is possible Soriano previously met in person with at least one of the girls.
Sheriff’s detectives conducted a search warrant at Soriano’s home. During the search warrant, they located a cannabis growing operation.
Soriano has been charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse (Class 2 felonies) and one count of traveling to meet a minor (Class 3 felony). Additional charges are possible, police said.
Soriano was being held in the Lake County Jail pending an initial court hearing.