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Man Who Molested, Photographed 11 Kids Gets 50 Years In Prison

Truck driver Bobby Cruz, 34, of Des Plaines, committed sick acts that were “brazen beyond belief” when he photographed himself abusing the children ages 2 to 11, U.S. District Judge Robert Dow said during an emotionally raw hearing Tuesday.


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NW Indiana Man Charged With Child Pornography

A Northwest Indiana man was arrested Friday morning for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography, the Post-Tribune is reporting.


Eric Thor Hakala (Credit: DuPage County Sheriff)

Bond Reduced, But Child Porn Suspect Still In Jail

Prosecutors allege 37-year-old Eric Hakala posed as a St. Charles East student on a fictitious Facebook account to contact minors in Batavia, Oswego and Naperville, engage in sexually explicit conversations and trade photos.


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Feds: Five Chicago-Area Children Victims Of Child Porn Ring

The investigation into an underground child pornography website that included at least five victims from the Chicago area has concluded, the federal government announced Tuesday.


Donald Ratcliff, 60, faces child porn charges. (DuPage County State's Attorney)

Former Wheaton College Professor Gets 3 1/2 Years For Child Porn

A former Wheaton College professor who has written books on children’s spirituality has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for having child pornography on his home computer.


Zale Hoddenbach (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Former Youth Counselor Convicted Of Raping Teen

Zale Hoddenbach was affectionately known as “Mr. Z” to the teenagers he counseled at the Logan Square Boys & Girls Club, but a jury branded Hoddenbach as someone more depraved, convicting him of raping a girl who sought his help in landing a job when she was 15.


Naperville Man Sentenced In Child Porn Case

A man from Naperville’s far south side has been sentenced to jail and ordered to pay $14,000 in fines and legal costs, after being convicted of having pornographic images of children in his home.


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Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Kidnapped 3-Year-Old Girl

Charges of sexual assault and child pornography have been filed against a Chicago man who allegedly abducted a 3-year-old north suburban girl in September, then returned her a short time later.


Eric Thor Hakala (Credit: DuPage County Sheriff)

$1M Bond For Man Who Posed As Teen Online To Get Girls’ Photos

Eric Thor Hakala, 37, allegedly created a fake Facebook account under the alias “Mike Evans,” claiming to be a 15-year-old from St. Charles East High School, in order to trade inappropriate photos with teenage girls.


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Training Program Designed To Help Cops Catch Internet Sex Predators

Police officers from across the state have wrapped up a first-of-its-kind four-day training program at the Orland Park Police Department designed to help them catch internet sex predators.


Donald Ratcliff (Credit: Carol Stream police)

Former Wheaton College Professor Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography

When he was arrested last year, Donald Ratcliff had on his computer at least 500 pornographic images of children — some of whom appeared to be younger than 13 years old, DuPage County prosecutors said during his brief court hearing.


Jon Erik Lilly (Credit: Hammond Police)

Former Hammond Teacher’s Guilty Plea To Go Through

The new agreement says that in exchange for Lilly pleading guilty to two counts of possessing child pornography, federal attorneys will recommend that he serve 12 years in prison.


Natisha Hillard (right) is accused of selling her baby to Christopher Bour (left) to make child pornography. (Photos supplied by Sun-Times Media)

Gary Woman Accused Of Selling 2nd Child For Sex

A Gary woman accused earlier this year of selling one baby to a local man for sex also sold him another child between 3 to 5 years old, according to a new indictment.


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Palatine Township Man Sentenced To 30 Years For Sexual Assaults Of Children

A northwest suburban man was sentenced to prison Wednesday for having sexual contact with minors and taking more than 6 million pictures.


Natisha Hillard (right) is accused of selling her baby to Christopher Bour (left) to make child pornography. (Photos supplied by Sun-Times Media)

Mom Pleads Not Guilty To Selling Her Baby For Child Porn

A northwest Indiana woman pleaded not guilty Monday morning to selling a child to a man, who also pleaded not guilty, to make child pornography, the Post-Tribune is reporting.


Christopher M. Bour (Lake County, Ind. Sheriff)

Feds: Gary Man ‘Bought’ Child To Make Porn

A Gary man paid a woman for the past two years to use a child to make child pornography, according to federal charges handed down Wednesday.


Mark R. Barreto (Credit: Will County State's Attorney's office)

Chicago Man Charged With Child Pornography In Will County

A Near West Side man was charged with numerous child pornography charges in Will County for allegedly transferring images of children and exposing himself to an undercover cop online.


Renzo Barduagni (Credit: DuPage County Sheriff)

Accused Of Child Porn, Man May Have Videotaped Neighbors

Police in Naperville arrested a man they say was secretly videotaping neighbors as they undressed.


Margarita Hernandez (Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office)

Will County Democratic Official Accused Of Having Sex With Teen

A Troy Township Democratic committeewoman has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a teenage boy.


William S. Muth has been sentenced to 40 years for sexually abusing a minor he knew. (Kane County Sheriff's Department)

Child-Porn Offender Gets 40 More Years For Sexually Assaulting Girl

A northwest suburban man already serving prison time on child pornography charges will be behind bars for a much longer time after being sentenced for the sexual assault of a young girl he knew.