Borowski-Beszta to be back in court in January

17-year-old arrested after an August drug bust appeared for a status call on Nov. 30 at Maybrook courthouse


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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

A January court date was set last week during a status call for Pawel Borowski-Beszta, a former student at Oak Park and River Forest High School who was arrested in August for allegedly running a drug sales operation out of an Oak Park apartment.

Clad in a prison outfit, Borowski-Beszta, 17, appeared for about a minute but did not speak in front of Judge Noreen Love Nov. 30 at the Fourth Municipal District Courthouse in Maywood. He will return there for another status call, where the judge will be briefed again on his case, on Jan. 3.

His attorney, Michael Goggin, said the court date was rescheduled because he didn't have all the necessary information from the state.

Borowski-Beszta faces felony drug and weapon charges after police determined he was the ringleader in a drug operation out of a Harrison Street apartment where he may have been a part-time resident. Police found over 200 iPods, cell phones and scientific calculators in addition to cocaine, marijuana, a handgun with ammunition and $1,000 in cash in the apartment.

So far, 32 stolen calculators in Borowski-Beszta's possession were determined to be the property of OPRFHS, and, as a result, the state's attorney's office added four counts of theft to the other charges against him. Two other men were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Borowski-Beszta is being held in the Cook County Jail with bond set at $300,000.

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free burr  

Posted: March 19th, 2012 10:10 PM

lmao he is out of jail


Posted: December 17th, 2011 1:09 PM

Paul can be bailed whenever and probably will be soon. His parents want to teach him listen so they are keeping him there for some time. Free paul

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2011 12:41 PM

Wondering, marketing a product creates a demand. The demand leads to sales. Texting was marketed, and now people text. It is the most lazy form of communication. Selling drugs is filled with fantasies of big money, cars and woman. Users are influenced by others just like texting. Can your remove habitual texters? It comes down to a very specific individual decision. You can educate the dangers of texting and using drugs, but none of it matters until for some reason that individual person quits.


Posted: December 7th, 2011 12:05 PM

Who are this kids clients? Who is drving the demand for his product? Your children and some of you parents. If there was not demand there would be no product. Let us focus on eradicating drugs from our community. Hopefully this kid can turn his life around.

My Dear Watson  

Posted: December 7th, 2011 11:45 AM

Actually, this was Paul's second drug arrest. The first was when he was a bit younger and was not in so deep. It made the news, but he was not identified because he was a juvenile. Paul was on a trajectory that nobody could stop. He fancied himself a "big shot" and apparently still does. Word on the street is that he's bragging that Cook County isn't so bad and that he's made a lot of good contacts in there. I put his chances of becoming a "hardened criminal" at a 100%.


Posted: December 2nd, 2011 8:33 PM

I don't want to make excuses for the boy but it is important to remember he is only 17 years old. The lure of fast cash often blinds people to the fact that their actions are illegal. I do hope he turns his life around and begins to make positive contributions to society.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: December 2nd, 2011 8:13 PM

Criminals all start off as small potatoes. He has not ruined his life. That is still up to him if he decides to change it. Problem is, he was a guy who found a way to make easy money, never thinking he would be caught. People like this all think that, but they don't understand that Law Enforcement has been in the business longer. He was up and coming and may still be, but now he wears a jacket that reads his profile and has prints to go along with it. Most prisoners at County don't shower.


Posted: December 2nd, 2011 4:45 PM

You lost me there, rez. Comparing this 17 year old to suicide bombers and career criminals is quite a stretch. This young man is facing a world of trouble but there's no mention of violence relating to his crimes. Yeah, he did make bad decisions but back off painting him as some extremist or hardened thug. He's not a sadistic felon preying on society. The kid is strictly small potatoes when you consider the nature of his crimes. A bad actor for sure but not likely much of a desperado.


Posted: December 2nd, 2011 3:07 PM

I agree with Oak Parker... there's a huge difference between "making bad decisions" what this kid was up to. I suppose your regular Latin King is just "make bad decisions", or your typical rapists are just "making bad decisions", or some suicide bomber was just "making bad decisions". Yes, those are all PRETTY BAD DECISIONS.


Posted: December 2nd, 2011 2:12 PM

Glad to see you've toned it down, Oak Parker. The U.S. Justice Department is going to investigate the brutality that is occurring in the federal prison system. It is true that this young man was engaged in dangerous activities and needs to be punished for his crimes. He is facing an uncertain and troubled future if he does not recognize the error of his ways. Prisons no longer seem to pay much attention to rehabilitation and that could prove to be a detriment in helping him turn his life around.

Oak Parker  

Posted: December 2nd, 2011 1:55 PM

Also, I think it's about more than just a kid making so called "bad decisions." Back in my high school days we had plenty of kids trapping and selling weed, making "bad decisions" so to speak. What we didn't have were kids who were armed and and running theft rings while selling commodities. What about all those 100 odd kids who got there stuff stolen?

Oak Parker  

Posted: December 2nd, 2011 1:44 PM

I dunno if you've been to prison but sadly that is the reality, not so much a fantasy. I forgot this is OP and some people can hide behind their massive homes and forget that horrific events happen in the world.


Posted: December 2nd, 2011 12:54 AM

Hey Oak Parker! Please spare us your prison rape fantasies. This story is about a 17 year old boy who made very bad decisions and has basically ruined his life. He's probably lucky that he was caught before his criminal activities escalated.


Posted: December 2nd, 2011 12:46 AM

He is now in a good position to explain what a real prison is like to all those OPRF kids walking around in orange Ts. Are they still picketing btw? That seemed pretty short lived. I guess it wasn't that important after all. Or maybe that new Wii game is just too dang fun to be torn away from to continue the movement.

Oak Parker  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 3:06 PM

But that doesn't really change the fact hes spent the last 4 months in jail. Man, I bet that is a fun place, especially the showers. And even more so when your a 150 lb white kid.


Posted: December 1st, 2011 1:08 PM

at least he has a good lawyer

Oak Parker   

Posted: December 1st, 2011 3:42 AM

SUCKS 2 SUCK. And Im certain this kid would know that first hand.


Posted: November 30th, 2011 7:10 PM

Would he just need the $30 K to get out? How good was his biz? I thought drug dealers have a lot of CA$H laying around.

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