CHICAGO, IL (WTXF) - A middle-aged man claiming to be HIV-position allegedly molested a 14-year-old boy he met on a dating app according to prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois and reports by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Keating said that John Hendershott invited the boy to his home in Albany Park in July after they had been chatting for two or three weeks on the app called Scruff.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Hendershott referred to the boy as “kiddo” in their conversations.
Keating said that during their meet-up and sexual encounter, the boy ended up with a hickey.
Then, when the boy’s mother asked him about the mark, he revealed what happened and she notified authorities.
Reportedly, Chicago Police put a search warrant on the Scruff accounts of the boy and 52-year-old Hendershott. Keating said they were able to find the records of their conversations on the app.
The boy also allegedly gave officials Hendershott’s address and was able to identify him in a photo array.
On Thursday, Hendershott was arrested.
He allegedly confessed to molesting the boy, and was subsequently charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Hendershott claims to be HIV-positive and reportedly did not let the boy know about his condition or use a condom during their encounter, according to Keating.
Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. reportedly called Hendershott a “predator.” He then ordered him to be held on $5 million band.
According to a defense attorney, Hendershott works at a Jiffy Lube in the area.