MADIGAN: KANE COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY POSSESSION
Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that a Kane County man was charged Friday with possessing and disseminating child pornography as part of the Attorney General’s ongoing efforts to apprehend the most active offenders who download and trade child pornography online.
Santos Reyna, 42, of Pingree Grove, Ill., was charged in Kane County Circuit Court with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, which are Class 2 felonies punishable by three to seven years in prison; and two counts of dissemination of child pornography, which are Class X felonies punishable by six to 30 years in prison. Reyna’s bond was set at $400,000.
“Child pornography is a reprehensible crime that revictimizes children and their families each time an image is viewed or shared,” Madigan said. “We will continue to track down and prosecute the individuals who trade these horrendous images.”
Madigan’s investigators, with the assistance of the Pingree Grove Police Department and the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, conducted a search of a residence on Thursday in the 1900 block of Peninsula Court in Pingree Grove and arrested Reyna after evidence of alleged child pornography was discovered. The case will be prosecuted by Madigan’s office with Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon’s Office.
“The exploitation of children has no place in our community. I appreciate Attorney General Madigan’s efforts to work with us to identify and hold accountable those who prey on young children,” said McMahon.
“Partnerships with the Attorney General’s Office and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force are important tools that help us protect our community from individuals who prey upon children,” Pingree Grove Police Chief Shawn Beane said.
The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Today’s arrest is part of Attorney General Madigan’s work to investigate and prosecute child pornographers in Illinois. Madigan’s office, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, runs the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force that investigates child exploitation crimes and trains law enforcement agencies. Since 2006, Madigan’s ICAC task force has been involved in more than 1,400 arrests of sexual predators. The task force has also provided internet safety training and education to more than 584,000 parents, teachers and students and more than 23,000 law enforcement professionals.