On 10/22/15 Racine County Sheriff’s Investigators conducted an undercover operation in eastern Racine County. The operation involved a 52 year old male who was engaging in sexually explicit conversations with a subject he believed was a 15 year old female.
Through the course of the operation, the suspect identified as Joseph F. Verna M/W 08/09/63 made arrangements to meet with the juvenile in order to engage in sexual activity. Verna, a resident of Plainfield, Illinois traveled to a pre-designated location where he believed he was meeting the juvenile, and was subsequently taken into custody by Sheriff’s Investigators.
Sheriff Schmaling stated ” I’m very proud of the commitment and hard work my investigative team brings to these very intense and challenging cases. They are truly making an impact towards the safety of our children here in Racine County. I’m deeply committed to providing the necessary investigative resources to hunt down these sexual predators that prey upon our children.”
Verna was conveyed to the Racine County Jail without additional incident and is being held on numerous felony charges.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing and there is no additional information available at this time.