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Crystal Lake man accused of receiving inappropriate pictures of teens online gets prison for child porn

Prosecutors say 21-year-old groomed teens to send inappropriate photos via social media

Domenique D. Hines, 21, of the 900 block of Golf Course Road, Crystal Lake.
Domenique D. Hines, 21, of the 900 block of Golf Course Road, Crystal Lake.

A Crystal Lake man was sentenced Friday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to receiving a sexually explicit picture of a young teen girl he chatted with on social media, prosecutors said.

Domenique D. Hines entered a plea deal to one count of child pornography before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather on Friday.

The negotiated plea allowed for the dismissal of three other cases that were pending against Hines on related charges in McHenry County.

Additional counts of child pornography, grooming and indecent solicitation stemming from the same case also were dismissed.

Hines, of the 900 block of Golf Course Road, originally was arrested Oct. 4, after a police investigation into a complaint that Hines used social media to solicit a teenager to engage in sexual conduct.

McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Combs said in court that the now-21-year-old had a conversation with a young teen girl on the photo-sharing social media platform Instagram.

During the conversation, Hines asked for and received a sexually explicit image of the girl, who lived outside Illinois at the time, prosecutors said.

The case was charged in Crystal Lake, since local police recovered the photos, which Hines is thought to have received in McHenry County.

Hines’ attorney, George Kililis of KRV Legal, said the case was resolved fairly and declined to comment further on the plea.

Hines must serve at least 50 percent of the four-year sentence and will receive credit for the time he already has spent in McHenry County Jail.

He is required to register as a sex offender for life.

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