CHICAGO (CBS) — Bond has been set for a Bellwood police commander charged with three counts of possession of child pornography.
A judge set bond for John Trevarthen, 45, at $150,000, according to a release from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. Possession of child pornography is a class 2 felony.READ MORE: School Bus Driver Shortage Has Kids Getting To School Late; Companies Point To COVID Vaccine Requirements
In mid-January, a Lombard police detective with the Illinois Attorney General Crimes Against Children Taskforce received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited children about child pornography videos and photos allegedly uploaded on a smart phone with an email address to a home registered in Lombard.
After investigating that tip, Lombard police conducted a traffic stop on Trevarthen on Friday and seized his person iPhone in addition to executing a search warrant of his home, resulting in seizure of his iPad.READ MORE: Officer Struck By Car While Directing Traffic In South Loop, 2 In Custody
Police allege that Trevarthen used a personal IP address as well as an IP address owned by the Village of Bellwood to view child pornography through a file sharing application called Kik.
Trevarthen is schedule to appear in court again on March 8.MORE NEWS: Woman Restrained By CPD Officer While Walking Dog Still Waiting For Police Report, Body Camera Footage
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