After obtaining a warrant to search a 19-year-old man’s residence in Waukegan last week, police arrested the young man and charged him with aggravated possession of child pornography.
The charges are very serious and the man could face additional charges once a thorough investigation is completed, police reported. While executing the search warrant, police seized a computer at the man’s house. Law enforcement authorities reported that there were many pornographic images on the computer that allegedly belongs to the defendant.
Earlier this month on our Lake County criminal defense law blog, we had mentioned that anyone who is convicted of a sex crime may be required to register as a sex offender in Illinois.
If the Waukegan man is convicted of the charges that have been filed against him, he could be required to register as a sex offender, allowing anyone to access information about him. A conviction could also make it difficult for the young man to find a job or housing.
Although public information about sex offenders is meant to protect citizens by making folks aware of potential predators in the area, this information can also lead to false accusations and make it difficult for anyone who has been convicted of a sex crime to be trusted by their neighbors, friends or co-workers.
A defense attorney can help explain these types of consequences to individuals who have been accused of committing serious crimes. An attorney can also help defendants by providing them with strategic defenses based on the unique circumstances of each individual’s case.
Source: Daily Herald, “Waukegan man accused of having child porn,” Sept. 14, 2012
- Sex offense charges can result in serious legal and social consequences. Our firm provides counsel in these types of matters. If you would like to learn more about our practice, please visit our Lake County sex crimes defense attorney page.