A Lake in the Hills man, who is a middle school teacher in Wheeling, was arrested after police found him in possession of child pornography and said that he was also in possession of ‘unauthorized video recordings.’
Scott E. Pollack, 45, of the 5900 block of Lucerne Lane in Lake in the Hills, was charged with nine counts of dissemination of child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of unauthorized video recording.
The Lake in the Hills Police Department, Wheeling Police Department and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office concluded an ongoing joint investigation into Pollack.
Police officials said that a search warrant was conducted Friday at Pollack’s residence. Investigators found evidence of child pornography in his possession.
Pollack, who is a teacher and former wrestling coach at Holmes Middle School in Wheeling, was arrested and transported to the McHenry County Jail. He will appear in bond court Saturday morning.
Community Consolidated School District 21 said that authorities told them that the charges against Pollack were not the result of any activity or involvement of students in their district.
“Mr. Pollack has been suspended from duty indefinitely. CCSD21 and Holmes Middle School are cooperating with the Wheeling Police Department, Illinois Attorney General’s office, and other local law enforcement agencies,” the school district said in a statement.
Pollack’s charges stem from Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s ongoing efforts to apprehend the “most active offenders who download and trade child pornography online,” according to the Lake in the Hills Police Department.
“Child pornography exploits the victims each time one of these reprehensible images is viewed or shared,” Raoul said. “My office is committed to stopping the creation and spread of these horrendous images and will continue to partner with local law enforcement to help protect our children.”
The case will be prosecuted by Raoul’s office and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.