Chicago man found guilty of paying for sex with child in Aurora

A Chicago man was found guilty Wednesday of paying to have sex with a child during an operation conducted by Aurora police and federal investigators.

Marek P. Gacierz, 34, of the 3700 block of North Octavia Street, was convicted of felony charges of involuntary sexual servitude of a minor, grooming and traveling to meet a minor in a bench trial before Judge Donald M. Tegeler Jr., according to a statement from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office.

Gacierz traveled to an Aurora hotel from Chicago to have sex with a 15-year-old girl on Jan. 8, 2015, according to the statement. At the hotel, he paid $150 to a woman he believed was the girl’s mother and confirmed he wanted sexual favors. He was subsequently arrested by officers from the Aurora Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations.

Gacierz is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in Courtroom 311 at the Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38 in St. Charles.

In addition to a prison term, Gacierz will be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years, prosecutors said.