PRINCETON — An Iowa man has been arrested on four charges involving a child solicitation incident in Bureau County.
Michael R. Marlof, 64, of Bettendorf, Iowa, was arrested Aug. 18 in Bureau County and charged with the Class 3 felonies of indecent solicitation of a child and traveling to meet a minor and with the Class 4 felonies of solicitation to meet a child and grooming.
Marloff appeared in Bureau County Court Tuesday afternoon for a probable cause hearing before Associate Circuit Judge C.J. Hollerich. The judge appointed Public Defender Michael Henneberry to represent Marlof. Prosecuting the case is Bureau County State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann.
Marlof remains in custody in lieu of $25,000 bond.
The case will be presented on Sept. 15 to a Bureau County grand jury with arraignment to follow that afternoon.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Herrmann said he filed only the Class 3 felony of indecent solicitation of a child charge at Tuesday’s probable cause hearing. Between now and the Sept. 15 grand jury session, he will have the opportunity to review the complete report on Marlof, and additional charges could be presented to the grand jury.
The Aug. 18 arrest stems from Marlof’s communication, through electronic media of texting or email, with a Bureau County Deputy, posing as a 14-year-old female, Herrmann said.
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