Oak Park man arrested in Atlanta on child sex charges

Ronuk Genge intercepted by FBI in Atlanta after flying there to allegedly have sex with a minor.

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By BILL DWYER

Oak Park resident Ronuk Genge was arrested by agents of the FBI's Safe Child Task Force in Atlanta a short time after he de-planed at Hartsfield International Airport on Saturday, Jan. 15. Genge, 27, had allegedly flown to Atlanta to have sex with the nine year old daughter of a woman he had met on the Internet. That woman, whom Genge had been conversing with since January 10, was in fact an undercover FBI task force agent.


Genge was charged with crossing state lines to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a person under 12, possession of child pornography, and transportation of child pornography.


Oak Park police assisted FBI agents in entering Genge's apartment in the 600 block of Harrison Street Sunday evening. Deputy Oak Park Police Chief Robert Scianna confirmed that agents took a number of items from the apartment, but would not comment further.


"Other than assisting the FBI, we've had no contact with (Genge)," said Scianna. "This is (the FBI's) case."


Genge, who holds a B.S. in Biomedical Science, is a research engineer and the Lab Manager at Rush Medical Center's Gait Laboratory in Chicago. Genge is listed as living at an address on Harrison Street. No one answered the phone at that number Wednesday evening. No one answered the door at Genge's residence Wednesday evening.


Atlanta FBI office spokesman Steve Lazarus said Thursday that after he was arrested, Genge consented to a search of his luggage. Agents allegedly found child pornography in the luggage.


Genge, who is being held in the Atlanta County Jail, had his initial appearance before a federal magistrate Wednesday afternoon. Atlanta U.S. Attorney's office spokesman Patrick Crosby said Thursday that Genge waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and is now scheduled for a bond hearing Monday morning at 10 a.m. before federal magistrate Janet K. King.

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