Crime & Courts

Huntley teen accused of sending sexually explicit photo missed court date, denied lower bond

Joshua Rojas, 19, Huntley
Joshua Rojas, 19, Huntley

Bond will remain at $30,000 for a Huntley teen accused of sending a sexually explicit photo to a minor who did not appear for a court appearance while out on pretrial bond.

Joshua Rojas, 19, is charged with felony distributing harmful material to a minor, according to the McHenry County jail site.

On Friday, he appeared before McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt, after being arrested Tuesday on a warrant for not appearing in court.

His defense attorney, assistant public defender Eric Vogel, asked that his bond be reduced, citing his family’s financial difficulties.

But prosecutors argued to increase his bond, noting that he had missed a court date and while out on pretrial bond allegedly tried to contact a minor through social media. This was a violation of his bond, Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Ann Scholl said.

Rojas said he did not get the notice because of a federal holiday interrupting mail service and he does not have a phone.

He was allowed two phone calls in jail and is expected back in court Friday.

Rojas is accused of sending a sexually explicit photo to the juvenile on Feb. 9, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court. The juvenile’s gender and age were not disclosed.

At the time of his arrest, Huntley Deputy Police Chief Michael Klunk said Rojas was not dating the person he sent the photo to.

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