Glencoe officials say Gurnee man facing child solicitation charges no longer employed by village

A Gurnee man who worked for the village of Glencoe appeared in a Georgia courthouse last week on felony charges of solicitation of a minor under 18 and using a computer to seduce, solicit, lure or entice a child to commit an illegal act, plus four misdemeanor charges, according to court records.

Gregory Dittburner faces six counts in Georgia’s Fulton County, including two felony charges stemming from a case where authorities said he tried to entice a minor online last May. He appeared in court last week and was released on bond on April 27.

Pioneer Press previously reported that Dittburner was arrested on April 5 by the village’s public safety officers on a warrant from Roswell, Georgia. Dittburner contacted someone online he thought was under 16 years of age in May 2023, unaware it was an undercover Roswell police officer, authorities said.

Following his release, Dittburner returned to Gurnee and was served with an order of protection on April 28, Lake County Sheriff Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said. Dittburner had previously been arrested for domestic battery in Gurnee.

Fulton County authorities also charged Dittburner with four misdemeanors. They include obscene internet contact with a child, obscene telephone contact with a child, electronically furnishing obscene material to minors and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Dittburner’s attorney, Gregory Schwarz, declined comment.

After his arrest, Dittburner was placed on administrative leave by the village of Glencoe, where he had worked as a maintenance equipment operator at a salary of $72,513 since October 2021.

Glencoe Village Manager Phil Kiraly wrote in an April 22 e-mail that Dittburner was no longer employed by the village.

Kiraly said that after an initial review of the situation, the village is not planning to make changes to pre-employment practices as he believes the current ones are, “very robust.”

“That said, we’re always focused on ensuring that these processes are appropriate, and we will continue to be rigorous in our selection process in both compliance with the law and utilizing best practices in pre-employment examination,” Kiraly wrote.

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