Chicago man pleads guilty to arranging for sex with boy on Craigslist – Chicago Tribune

Glenn Lapidus pleaded guilty to arranging to have sex with a 14-year-old boy in Evanston. He was sentenced May 10, 2016, to two years in prison. (Evanston Police Department )
A former Chicago business executive was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to arranging to have sex with a 14-year-old boy in Evanston.
Glenn Lapidus, 48, was one of four men charged in 2014 with having sexual contact with the same teen after the boy sought sex partners on Craigslist.
Lapidus, identified in court as a former IBM executive, pleaded guilty in Cook County’s Skokie branch court Tuesday to a single count of indecent solicitation of a child.
“The act you pleaded guilty to against children is reprehensible because you have children,” Judge Lauren Gottainer Edidin told him.
Authorities alleged that Lapidus paid the teen $25 for oral sex in a car in an Evanston parking garage. He was initially charged with aggravated criminal sex abuse, indecent solicitation, traveling to meet a minor, indecent solicitation of a child and patronizing a minor engaged in prostitution, records show.
The other charges were dropped in exchange for Lapidus’ guilty plea to the felony. He will have to serve at least 50 percent of the two-year sentence, register as a sex offender, undergo testing for sexually transmitted diseases, have his DNA entered into a criminal database and pay fees and fines of almost $1,200.
Authorities said Lapidus saw the teen’s posting on Craigslist and sent the boy, then 13, a photograph of his genitals. They said the two traded several emails and discussed meeting to have sex in exchange for money.
Lapidus’ lawyer has said in court that Lapidus worked for IBM before leaving to join another firm, Merkle, as an executive.
Charges are pending against the other three men accused of sexually abusing the same boy.
The police investigation involved the recovery of email messages, computer records and cellphone billing information that linked the victim to the individuals who allegedly responded to the minor’s ad on Craigslist, authorities said.
Brian L. Cox is a freelance reporter.
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