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Man charged in MySpace case pleads not guilty to molestation:

Michael Zbonski, who I told you about here, has pleaded not guilty to child molestation charges…

A Blue Island man accused of molesting an Antioch Township girl he met through her posting on pleaded not guilty Thursday in Lake County circuit court.

Michael Zbonski, 20, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Assistant State’s Attorney Bolling Haxall said Zbonski began communicating with the 14-year-old girl through the Web site more than a year ago.

Her father at one point told Zbonski to leave her alone because of her age, Haxall said.

Zbonski traveled to Antioch Township on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 and molested the girl in a parking lot near her home, authorities said.

A friend of the victim witnessed some of the contact between Zbonski and the girl, police said.

Associate Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Zbonksi, who is free on a signature bond, to appear in court again July 17.

Zbonski’s MySpace is still up and running.

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