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Oswego Man Charged with Child Porn Possession

Nov 03, 2015 04:36PM ● Published by Shannon Antinori

Homer Wilson Jr. Photo courtesy of the Kendall County Sheriff's Department.

An Oswego man was arrested Tuesday as part of a statewide initiative to catch offenders who download and distribute child pornography online, Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a news release.

Homer Wilson Jr., 50, was arrested on multiple felony child porn possession charges after state investigators, assisted by Oswego police and the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office, conducted a search of his home in the 400 block of Dancer Lane, Madigan said.

Wilson is being held on $1 million bond, charged with five counts of possessing child porn with the intention to disseminate, a felony punishable by six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections if he’s convicted, according to Madigan. 

He is also charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography images and 10 counts of possessing child pornography videos. Each charge is punishable by three to seven years in prison, Madigan said.

“Every time an image of a child being sexually assaulted is shared and viewed, it perpetuates the original crime and further scars these young, innocent victims and their families,” Madigan said. “My office will continue to be relentless in tracking down and apprehending offenders who trade these horrific videos.”

Wilson is currently being held at the Kendall County Jail, and a date for his preliminary hearing is pending, Madigan’s office said.

Oswego Police Chief Jeff Burgner said the Oswego Police Department takes crimes involving child pornography very seriously.

“We have spent years actively investigating and pursuing the individuals who abuse our children,” Burgner said. “Our partnership with the attorney general’s office is an important part of our work to hold these individuals accountable.”

The office of Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis will prosecute Wilson.

“My office is committed to prosecuting offenders who prey on children to the fullest extent of the law,” Weis said in a statement. “By working together with the Illinois Attorney General’s High Tech Crimes Bureau, we are able to aggressively pursue these offenders and see that justice is done.”

Wilson is the 76th person arrested as part of “Operation Glass House,” an initiative Madigan launched in August 2010 to target the most active child pornography traders in Illinois.

In the first year of the initiative, investigations revealed what Madigan’s office called “a disturbing trend of offenders trading extremely violent videos of young children being raped.”

As a result, investigators have focused on apprehending offenders who are seen trading and watching extremely violent videos involving children, including infants and toddlers, Madigan said. 

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