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Teen Solicitation Case: Woman Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge, Gets Probation

Lauren Papiez, 21, pleaded guilty Friday, Aug. 10 to a misdemeanor harmful materials charge after being accused of soliciting a 16-year-old girl for sex.

A woman who pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Friday, Aug. 10 and received 24 months of probation.

Lauren Papiez, 21, appeared in a Bridgeview courtroom in a pink shirt and dark slacks with her attorney Daniel Florey, who announced he and the prosecution had reached a plea agreement. 

Police say Papiez of Oak Lawn and her 26-year-old boyfriend, James West, sent sexually explicit photos and text messages to the high school student . They were arrested Sept. 16 of last year and charged with one count each of indecent solicitation of a child. West was taken into custody at , where he was operating rides for Spectacular Midway Amusement.

Prosecutors said Papiez knew the age of the victim and used her cell phone to send the messages and photos to the girl and also allowed West to use her phone to communicate with her.

A teacher at the victim's high school discovered the explicit text messages on the student’s phone after the teacher confiscated it when the girl violated the school’s cell phone policy, reports said.

Judge John Joseph Hynes sentenced Papiez, who has no criminal background, to two years probation, ordered to have no contact with the victim and to pay $239 in court costs. She was also credited with 326 days of time served.  The assistant state's attorney said the victim's family is aware of the agreement.

As part of the agreement, Papiez will not have to register as a sex offender and prosecutors have not asked for cooperation from her as a witness against West.

West, who is still in custody, is scheduled to be back in court on Sept. 12.

Pat F August 11, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Just when you haven't heard anything about carnival workers for years, here we go again.........
Cynic August 12, 2012 at 03:06 PM
True, but what about the pond scum girl friend???
Dave W. August 13, 2012 at 09:49 AM
Great, so she IS a sex offender, but she isn't going to have to REGISTER as one...what a HORRIBLE plea agreement...who does THAT help, other than the GUILTY person? Thanks for nothing, prosecutors.
amber smith August 31, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I know the guy who is involved in this mess with her and he is the one that is guilty. She wasn't even around this girl, but because she was will this p.o.s. psychopath she was charged as well. He is the one that should burn at the stake for what he did to both of these young volunerable girls
amber smith August 31, 2012 at 03:25 PM
If you new the case you would know that anything that is involved with James West the primary suspect in this case. You'd know no matter what you did you'd automatically be found guilty because he is a worthless piece of crap. She probably fell for his cute appeal and then he screwed her over just like he has done to many other people before. She is a great person and helps many people so for her to be quilty is slim to none- but like I said with that p.o.s name next to yours you are automattically screwed.
Kelly October 23, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Shame, Shame, SHAME on Lauren Papiez for trying to secure young women for any man, regardless of his "appeal". Does she not have sisters, a mother, an aunt, girlfiends or anyone else that have shown her any amount of respect for her, that would make her want to offer up another woman to some scumbag carni worker?? And, while it's good to know you're sticking up for your friend, Amber Smith - please remember one thing: You're judged by the company you keep. Look for new friends; ones that will have your best interest at heart, not their own. If Lauren can do that to an innocent person, what would she do to you, if some guy "appeals" to her again?? Think about it, young lady....

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