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Belleville man charged with using internet to solicit child for sex is out on bond

Prosecuting child sex cases is no easy task

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd talk about the difficult task of investigating and prosecuting child sex cases.
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Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd talk about the difficult task of investigating and prosecuting child sex cases.

A Belleville man is free on bond after being charged with three felonies related to solicitation of a child.

Matthew J. Lauer, 29, of Belleville, is facing one count each of traveling to meet a child, indecent solicitation of a child and grooming.

Court documents accuse Lauer of using the internet to meet a child. The State’s Attorneys Office on Monday said no child was actually involved in the case.

St. Clair County jail deputies said Lauer was released on bond on Saturday afternoon after being formally charged Friday. Bail had been set at 10 percent of $50,000 on Saturday. He did not have an attorney on record as of Monday morning.

Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535; @MaryCooleyBND
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