Arlington Heights police say man sexually abused girl he met on app for two years


Police said an Arlington Heights man recently has been charged with sexually abusing a girl for two years after meeting her on a social networking app.

Arlington Heights police said Allen Boshardy, 32, of the 600 block of East Algonquin Road, was arrested April 17 and charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child.

Arlington Heights police Sgt. Chuck Buczynski said the girl reached out to an FBI agent and said she had been sexually abused by Boshardy after meeting him through MocoSpace, a mobile app. Buczynski would not disclose the girl’s age, saying only that she is younger than 18.

The FBI turned over the case to Arlington Heights Police on Feb. 15, Buczynski said. The girl had been in contact with the FBI on an unrelated case, one that police cannot discuss, Buczynski said.

Investigators said two incidents of abuse happened at Boshardy’s home in Arlington Heights. Buczynski said Boshardy would meet her in various locations in Berwyn, where the girl lived, pick her up and bring her back to his home.

He said the girl, who does not have a driver’s license, lived at the time with her mother, who told police she knew nothing about Boshardy or his communications with her daughter.

Boshardy remains in police custody at the Cook County Jail after his bond was set at $500,000. His next court date is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 11 at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse, police said.

Elizabeth Owens-Schiele is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.



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