James Ciammetti Pleads Guilty
41-year-old James A Ciammetti of Oak Lawn, Illinois was arrested in September 2008 and accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student of his over the course of about 10 months. During that time he exchanged hundreds of emails with the girls, most of them explicitly obscene.
The girl’s father discovered the emails after using a program that tracks web activities and reported him to the local police. After an investigation Ciammetti was charged with Child Molestation, Sexual Misconduct With a Minor and Child Solicitation. He was lodged in the Lake County Jail and pleaded not guilty.
He was also indicted in March on federal charges that he sexually enticed a minor, crossed state lines for sex acts with a minor, made child porn and transported child pornography across state lines.
A couple of weeks ago Ciammetti (who claims to have Asperger’s Syndrome) sent Federal Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry a letter attacking the work of his defense lawyer, accusing him of being too busy to answer Ciammetti’s questions about the case. The letter was stricken from the record.
Ciammetti and his attorney have now agreed to a plea agreement that will have him facing 30 years in jail and another 20 on probation if the judge accepts it. Under the plea agreement Ciammetti will plead guilty to enticing the girl and making child porn if the state will drop their charges.