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CHICAGO (STMW) - A Lake Bluff man was arrested Saturday on child pornography charges as part of a continuing statewide crackdown, Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office announced.

North Chicago police arrested Ian O’Donohoe, 39, of Lake Bluff, on Saturday, a release from Madigan’s office said. He is charged with two counts of aggravated possession of child pornography, each a Class 2 felony punishable by a three- to seven-year prison term in prison, and three counts of possession of child pornography, each a Class 3 felony punishable by a two- to five-year prison term.

“Possession of child pornography is an unimaginably horrific crime. These offenders are trading images online and, even worse, videos showing children who have been horribly abused and victimized,” Madigan said. “But the same technology used to download and send out these illegal images is now being used by my investigators to track and arrest these offenders.”

O’Donohoe’s arrest makes the 17thsuspect in Madigan’s crackdown on the most active traffickers who download and trade child pornography on the Internet, the release said. O’Donohoe’s bond was set at $75,000.

Saturday’s arrest involved Attorney General’s Office investigators, the city of North Chicago Police Department and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office.

In late August, Madigan announced the initiative, dubbed Operation Glass House, to find and arrest the worst child pornographers in Illinois using the unique identifier that each computer is assigned when it accesses the Internet, known as an Internet protocol (IP) address. As of Monday, 5,000 Illinois IP addresses were seen trading child pornography images and videos across the state by Attorney General’s Office investigators.

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