Crime & Courts

Cary man jailed on Shorewood Target solicitation of a child case

A Cary man was jailed in Will County on charges accusing him of traveling to Target in Shorewood to meet who he thought was a 15-year-old girl to engage in unlawful sexual conduct.

About 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, Jacob Schendel, 24, of the 6400 block of Rawson Bridge Road was booked into the Will County jail on felony charges of traveling to meet a minor and solicitation to meet a minor.

On Nov. 22, Judge Ken Zelazo signed a $50,000 bond warrant for Schendel’s arrest.

On Wednesday, Schendel was not able to make his court appearance because he was in quarantine as part of a COVID-19 protocol at the jail, court records show.

Schendel is scheduled for an arraignment Jan. 26.

Prosecutors alleged in a criminal complaint that on May 3, Schendel traveled to the 1111 Brook Forest Ave. Target for the “purposes of engaging in any sex offenses … or to otherwise engage in other unlawful sexual conduct” with a person believed by him to be a child younger than 17.

The child was actually the persona of then-19-year-old Shane Divis, a member of the the group Save Our Siblings, according to prosecutors.

Shorewood Deputy Police Chief Jason Barten said police initially received a call from a person at Target who reported a disturbance involving a group of men yelling and screaming at another man about trying to meet a 15-year-old girl for a sexual encounter.

The Save Our Siblings group later contacted Shorewood police and provided video of the incident, Barten said.

The group posted the video May 8 on YouTube under the title, “Union Welder Pedophile!!”

On the same day as the incident, Schendel had been ticketed by Illinois State Police on a charge of speeding 26 to 34 mph over the speed limit. He pleaded guilty to the offense on June 3 and was sentenced to a year of court supervision, court records show.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News