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Accused firefighter resigns after bust on Internet charges

By Kevin Smith

The firefighter accused of using an Internet chat service to expose himself to undercover police posing as a teenaged girl resigned from the Orland Fire Protection District Monday.

Dan Milenkovic, 46, of Orland Park, is charged with felony grooming and felony harmful material after he allegedly sent nude videos of himself over the Internet to an undercover police posing as a 13-year-old girl.

The Orland Fire Protection District Board of Fire Commissioners met Monday to discuss the discipline of Milenkovic during a closed session at the district Administration Building, 9790 W. 151st St. The commissioners voted to withdraw all administrative charges, which were approved at a previous meeting, against Milenkovic following his resignation earlier that day.

Milenkovic was arrested June 27 at his residence in the 11200 block of Marley Brook Court. His arrest followed a three-month investigation by undercover police in Iowa posing as a minor, Cook County State’s Attorney spokesman Andrew Conklin said.

Milenkovic, who was employed by the district for 16 year, was administratively charged July 9 with acts unbecoming an officer, officer leaving his post and officer committing a felony, said James Roche, attorney for the board of fire commissioners. While the administrative charges were withdrawn, Milenkovic still faces the initial criminal charges.

After the meeting, Fire Commissioner John Brudnak said he was pleased to put a close to this “chapter.”

“This is the best possible outcome for the district and the people that we serve,” Fire Chief Ken Brucki said, considering the circumstances. “My number one concern is the people still wearing our uniform and wearing it with pride.”

Chief Brucki emphasized the importance of reaching a swift resolution on personnel issues without damaging the district’s image. “[We] hold our people, our personnel, to a higher standard … on or off duty,” he added.

All further inquiries about the board’s decision were directed to the district’s attorney by the commissioners and fire chief.

Milenkovic will not receive a severance package following his resignation, as per the board’s agreement, but will be compensated for unused vacation time that the district legally owes to him, Roche said. Roche did not have any information on whether Milenkovic’s pension would be affected by the board’s agreement.

The former-firefighter is believed to have used only personal computers for any potentially illegal behavior, Roche said. Milenkovic’s computers were seized by police upon his arrest and may be used as evidence, Orland Park police Cmdr. John Keating said. He has also been banned from using the Internet until further notice.

Milenkovic’s bond was set at $30,000 June 28 at the 5th Municipal District Cook County Courthouse in Bridgeview. He is scheduled to appear in court again July 23, and may face up to three years in prison, State’s Attorney Spokesman Conklin said.