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Suspect in child sex case commits suicide

12-21-2011 Illinois:

A former Will County mental health counselor killed himself a day before he was expected to plead guilty and be sentenced Wednesday for arranging to have sex with a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl, authorities said.

When John Martynus, 40, of Plainfield was arrested outside a restaurant in Crete last December, he allegedly told police repeatedly that his life was over, according to court records.

Police have records of his sexually explicit online chats with the fictional 13-year-old girl -- who was actually a Crete police officer -- as well as sexually explicit chats with others on his iPhone, records show.

Martynus, who had no prior criminal record in Will County, faced up to five years in prison but likely would have received probation and been required to register as a sex offender. He worked for 10 years as a youth mental health counselor for the county health department before leaving the job in March.

The online chats started last December, according to records. He was arrested two days later.

Soon after, a judge denied his request to leave the state to take his wife on a cruise for her birthday. She was listed in court documents as a possible witness for prosecutors.

Martynus was found deceased by his wife at their Plainfield home Tuesday, said Kendall County deputy coroner Jacquie Purcell. ..Source.. by Steve Schmadeke Tribune reporter

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