Joliet teen accused of posing as officer on phone
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org October 26, 2013 9:04PM
Jeremiah W. Johnson | Will County Sheriff's Office
Updated: November 28, 2013 6:48AM
JOLIET — A city resident, already facing serious criminal charges, has been charged with posing as a law enforcement officer while calling women on the phone, according to police.
Jeremiah W. Johnson, 19, of 311 N. Ottawa St., was arrested Friday after being charged with two felony counts of impersonating an officer.
“He got a second phone line in his house that he was able to rig up to come up as ‘Department of Corrections’ on caller ID,” police Lt. Brian Dupuis said.
On Sept. 25, Johnson called a woman, claiming to be a DOC investigator and asking questions about her body measurements and lingerie selection, Dupuis said.
He said after the woman hung up, she received a second call from the number where “the same voice” apologized, claiming his nephew had been making prank calls. The woman notified police, who began investigating.
On Oct. 5, another woman received a call that appeared to be from the corrections department, Dupuis said.
“Johnson identified himself as a Joliet police detective. Coincidentally, he gave the name of the detective who ended up arresting him,” he said.
The caller questioned the woman about a murder, though she had no connection to any recent homicides, Dupuis said. A few days later, she mentioned the incident to an officer she knows who recalled the earlier report. Dupuis said phone records led to Johnson.
Jail records show that Johnson, who is blind, was arrested by Joliet police May 23 on charges of criminal sexual abuse, traveling to meet a minor, soliciting a minor, harboring a runaway and obstructing justice. He was released on $3,000 bond the next day and had been scheduled to appear in court Friday on those charges.