An Oak Park resident accused of traveling to Atlanta, Georgia to engage in sex with a nine year old girl was released on bond to the custody of his parents Monday. Ronuk Genge, 27, of 616 Harrison, 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 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 Georgia Bureau of Investigation task force agent.
Genge was charged with three felonies, including 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 on Jan. 16. 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. No one answered the door at Genge's residence Wednesday evening or answered phone calls.
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.
According to Atlanta U.S. Attorney's office spokesman Patrick Crosby, Genge waived his right to a preliminary hearing. At a detention hearing Monday, Jan. 24 before federal magistrate Janet K. King, Genge was granted $50,000 secured bond and ordered released to the custody of his parents, under electronic monitoring. Genge's parents live in Springfield, Illinois.
Under the terms of that release, Genge is to have no access to the Internet, and stay away from all young children. He will, however, be allowed to return to his job in Chicago, if he can manage the logistics of a two to three hour commute each way.
"At this point he is allowed to continue to go to work," said another Atlanta U.S. Attorney's office spokesman, Aaron Danzig.
Genge is a graduate of Boston College, where he earned a B.S. in Biomedical Science. At Rush Medical Center in Chicago he supervises the Motion Analysis Laboratory. According to the Rush Medical Center website, the Gait Laboratory staff "is comprised of researchers, clinical collaborators, and post-doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students, embracing a broad range of disciplines, necessary for objective and clinically applicable research."
Genge had just co-authored a scholarly article on Osteoarthritis and Cartilage with seven other colleagues that was published in the December, 2004 issue of "Arthritis & Rheumatism," an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology.