Naperville Library Masturbator Arrested
By Margaret Lyons in News on Jun 16, 2004 5:24PM
Aw, for fuck's sake. Chicagoist's library fetish just got totally ruined. A Naperville man was arrested Tuesday for pickle tickle in a library computer lab. Richard J. Blaszak, 34, is charged with two counts each of sexual exploitation of a child and public indecency. Blaszak was allegedly looking at porn on a computer at Nichols Library and fondling himself under his clothes on May 18. The computer lab is adjacent to the kid's section of the library, and two teenage boys were in the same lab; police consider those boys victims of a crime.
When someone spotted Blaszak's inappropriate library activities, they called the police. Unfortunately, by the time the Naperville PD arrived, Blaszak had left the library. Library officials refused to disclose the patron who had logged in, citing the Illinois Library Records Confidentiality Act, which prohibits libraries from releasing borrowing records, records of reference questions asked, and records of the use of librarys computers for Internet access to the public without a court order. The police don't think they qualify as "the public"; the library thinks they do. Either way, the NPD got a court order, identified Blaszak and the two teens, and discovered that Blaszak had done "the same thing" on May 5. The library and the police are still going back and forth about the meaning of the confidentiality act.
We all watch enough Law & Order (especially SVU) to know that if you whack off at a library once, you've probably done it before. Police said anyone who has witnessed similar behavior should call detectives at 630-305-5276 or the Naperville CrimeStoppers Hotline at 630-420-6006.