Marine Recruiter Accused of Sexually Abusing 15-Year-Old Girl

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A U.S. Marine recruiter was charged with a felony after he admitted having sex with a teenage girl he had tried to recruit into the armed services, prosecutors said.

A Cook County judge set bail at $150,000 for Luis Fernando Maya, 28, during a hearing Saturday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

In court, authorities said Maya, a Marine recruiter in Des Plaines, was the subject of a Marine Corps investigation after learning he had "inappropriate and sexual conversations" with potential recruits through text messages and social media.

Maya lives in the 2300 block of West Arthur Avenue in the city's West Rogers Park neighborhood, prosecutors said.

One of the recruits, a 15-year-old high school freshman, eventually came forward, alleging that Maya contacted her through Facebook last year about joining the Marines. Prosecutors said Maya maintained communication with the girl despite learning she was under the eligible recruitment age and convinced her to meet with him last October after school.

At least twice, Maya had sex with the girl in his van parked near Mozart Park on the city's Northwest Side, authorities said. Maya made incriminating statements to Marine officers, Chicago police and assistant state's attorneys, further admitting that he knew the victim was 15.

Judge Peggy Chiampas also ordered that Maya have no contact with the victim and no contact with anyone under 18.

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