A former Naperville School District 203 paraprofessional has been charged with four counts of Felony Possession and Child Pornography, according to a joint press release issued by the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Naperville Police Department.
DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin emphasized that the school district was not at fault.
“I want to stress…that these charges are in no way connected with [the subject’s] association with Naperville School District 203. Authorities at the school have been exceedingly cooperative and for that I thank them,” he said in the release.
“Naperville 203 has, and will continue to, work closely with the Naperville Police Department and DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin’s office on this case,” Naperville 203 Executive Director of Communication Alex Mayster said. “Immediately after learning of the investigation, the employee was placed on administrative leave and has not been in contact with students. The charges filed do not involve Naperville 203 students.”
According to the release, investigators from the Naperville Police Department received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding an IP address possibly engaging in child pornography. Based upon this information and following the execution of a search warrant, it is alleged that a search of the subject’s Google Drive account yielded child pornography. Following a search warrant executed at the subject’s home on November 1, 2022, authorities found cached images of child pornography on electronic devices there.
On November 15, Judge Jeffrey MacKay issued a $250,000 with 10% to apply arrest warrant for the 33-year-old subject, who resides in the 25W200 block of Concord Road, Naperville. Three days later, the subject turned himself in at the Naperville Police Department and was released after posting 10%, or $25,000, of the warrant.
Yesterday, Judge John Kinsella granted the State’s motion for additional conditions of bond which include: no contact with any minor under the age of eighteen; refrain from entering any Naperville School District 203 buildings or grounds; stay 1,000 feet away from any school or park; have software installed on his electronic devices to monitor his online activities; not consume any controlled substances, including cannabis and submit to testing; and not possess any firearms, firearm ammunition, firearm parts, FOID or conceal carry card.
“Child pornography is vile, abusive to thousands of young children and is not a victimless crime with each one of these disgusting images representing yet another victim,” Berlin said. “The charges filed against [the subject] sends the message that law enforcement in DuPage County will aggressively and proactively pursue child pornographers wherever they may lurk.”
“Child pornography offenses are always complex and disturbing cases to investigate, and I am so thankful to our detectives who work so diligently to find and hold offenders accountable for their actions,” said Naperville Police Chief Jason Arres. “I also want to thank DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin’s Office for their support of this investigation.”
The subject’s next court appearance is scheduled for February 8, 2023, for arraignment in front of Judge Kinsella.