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Man charged with soliciting 13-year-old Aurora boy
By Justin Kmitch | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 1/19/2009 4:14 PM | Updated: 1/19/200 6:40 PM

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Aurora police said a parent's interception of inappropriate text messages led to the arrest of a 39-year-old Marseilles man on charges of indecent solicitation of a child.

Daniel Modaff, of the 700 block of Colorado Street, is accused of contacting a 13-year-old Aurora boy Thursday on MySpace. Modaff currently is in DuPage County jail with bond set at $25,000.

Police spokesman Dan Ferrelli said investigators expect additional charges to be filed after learning Modaff, a factory worker, may have arranged at least one meeting with the boy in which they had sexual contact.

After first communicating in a chat room, police said, Modaff found the boy's cell phone number, which was posted on his MySpace page.

The two then apparently exchanged several text messages over the next two days. Police said they believe Modaff met the boy near the victim's home and had sexual contact with him inside his car.

The victim's parents found the text messages on the boy's cell phone Friday and contacted police. Meanwhile, Modaff continued to text the victim, which allowed investigators to set up another encounter for Saturday afternoon, during which Modaff believed he would be meeting the victim for sex, police said.

Modaff was arrested about 6 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in the 2500 block of Ogden Avenue.

"This investigation reinforces the significance of children not including personal information on their social networking pages," Ferrelli said Monday. "Just as importantly, it serves as a reminder that parents must not be afraid to search through their children's personal effects, including cell phones and e-mails, and contact authorities if they sense something is awry."