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Oswego man admits making sexual calls from jail

Mark SeranellOswego resident who pleaded guilty making sexually explicit phone calls an underage girl while jail.

Mark Seranella, Oswego resident who pleaded guilty to making sexually explicit phone calls to an underage girl while in jail.

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Updated: January 6, 2013 9:40AM

An Oswego man has been was sentenced to two years probation for making sexually explicit calls to an underage girl while he was locked up in the McHenry County Jail.

Mark Seranella, 23, of the 200 block of Fox Chase Drive, pleaded guilty late last month to felony aggravated battery in a public place. He originally was charged with aggravated battery and indecent solicitation of a child in 2011.

Police said Seranella was being held in the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock on drug-induced homicide charges, when he had five phone conversations with a 13-year-old girl. In those conversations, Seranella described graphic sexual situations and the encounters he wanted to have when he was released, police said. The statements to the girl were recorded, McHenry County prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said they accepted the guilty plea because there was some question whether Seranella could have acted on the statements since he went straight from the McHenry County Jail to the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln.

Seranella was sent prison for supplying the heroin that led to the death of a Crystal Lake man in 2007. Seranella actually traded the heroin for a guitar, police said.

On Jan. 26, 2007, Crystal Lake police found 18-year-old Ryan Maxwell dead of an apparent heroin overdose in a friend’s apartment. According to his obituary, Maxwell worked as a machine operator. His death was an open case until late 2009, when new information helped police pursue charges against Seranella.

Prior to his arrest in Maxwell’s death, Seranella — who has a tattoo that says “Only God can judge me” — was on parole for burglary out of McHenry County. And in 2006, he was sentenced to three years in prison for a Kendall County burglary, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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