Man charged with pandering obscenity, importuning

By Nick Walton - [email protected]



An Urbana man was charged with four felonies involving a juvenile victim last week.

George T. Chess, 49, of 468 Gwynne St., was charged with pandering obscenity involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony, and three fifth-degree felonies: disseminating matter harmful to a minor, importuning and pandering sexually-oriented material.

Urbana Police Chief Matt Lingrell said Friday that Urbana police officers began investigating allegations of criminal conduct involving a 49-year-old Urbana man and a 13-year-old Urbana juvenile victim.

Lingrell said police learned from Dallas, Texas, police that they also were investigating the Urbana man for alleged sexually-related crimes involving a juvenile in Dallas.

Officers went to the residence of Chess to speak with him regarding allegations of wrongdoing locally. Chess was later brought to the police division for further questioning.

From these interviews, Lingrell said, police found Chess had allegedly been involved with criminal conduct involving a local juvenile. Police also interviewed the juvenile victim as part of their investigation.

Lingrell said police collected evidence from Chess as part of their investigation and arrested him Friday afternoon. He was taken to the Tri-County Regional Jail Friday and made his initial court appearance in the Champaign County Municipal Court on Monday.

During Monday’s hearing, Chess’ bond was set at $10,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with any minors or use any devices such as computers.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 4.


By Nick Walton

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Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.