Police: Man Sexually Assaulted 12-Year-Old He Met Online

Man Knew Girl Was 12, Police Say

A man drove from a Chicago suburb to meet and sexually assault a 12-year-old girl he'd met over the Internet, Westfield police said.

Samuel Henzel, 29, of Oak Park, Ill., was arrested Saturday evening at the Comfort Suites Hotel at U.S. 31 and 151st Street. He faces charges of sexual battery, criminal confinement and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Police said Henzel had befriended the victim in an Internet chat room and admitted that he knew the victim was 12, but that he didn't care, 6News' Myrt Price reported.

"He said he knew she was 12 years old. I guess during their chat, she advised she was the age of 12," said Westfield police Sgt. Charles Hollowell.

Investigators said Henzel had convinced the girl to meet with him at the hotel. Police said they aren't sure how the girl got to the hotel, but that the sexual assault happened soon after they went into a room.

Police said the case illustrates how important it is for parents to know what their children are doing and who they are contacting online.

"Be aware of what they're doing. Pay attention to what they're doing," Hollowell said.

Henzel also faces charges of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held Sunday in the Hamilton County Jail.