Lawyer: Arrested Man Confused By Language of 'Love'

Officials won't say if language barrier played factor

By Matt Bartosik
|  Thursday, Dec 24, 2009  |  Updated 8:15 AM CDT
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A local man's inability to speak English may have landed him in jail.

Who knew the language barrier was made of prison bars?

Jorge Fragoso, 61, was arrested July 30 by Aurora police during a prostitution sting.

"He was one of 10 people arrested in July in an area where we have received frequent complaints of prostitution-related activities," said police spokesperson Dan Ferrelli, according to the Fox Valley Villages Sun.

But Fragoso's lawyer argued that the 61-year-old man, who works in the area, doesn't speak English, so he didn't understand the undercover female officer's offer of sexual favors.

"He wasn't there to pick up a lady. He was there to do business. And he doesn't speak English, so someone said '10 bucks' and he thought she was a street person," the attorney said.

The Kane County state's attorney's office dropped all charges, officially stating there was insufficient evidence.

It wouldn't be the first time a man's been tongue-tied by the language of love.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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