A McHenry man was charged with nearly a dozen counts of child pornography in what the Illinois Attorney General called an “absolutely reprehensible crime.”
David P. Stone, 28, of the 5900 block of Bluegrass Trail in McHenry, was charged with 10 counts of reproducing child pornography, a Class X felony.
Stone, who faces 60-120 years in prison if convicted of all counts, was arrested around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Illinois Attorney General’s Office investigators along with the McHenry Police Department and McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office conducted a search of Stone’s residence.
They recovered evidence of child pornography. Court documents allege that Stone disseminated the graphic pornographic material.
“Child pornography is an absolutely reprehensible crime, and the individuals who reproduce these horrific images must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said.
“My office will continue to partner with local law enforcement to locate and hold these offenders accountable,” Raoul added.
Stone’s bond was set at $300,000, and he was ordered not to have contact with minors under the age of 18 or use the internet for illicit or unlawful purposes.
“The McHenry Police Department considers its partnerships with the Attorney General’s office and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office invaluable,” said McHenry Police Chief John Birk.
“The cooperation with these agencies allows us to vigorously pursue these types of investigations and bring appropriate charges against offenders,” Birk added.
The arrest is part of Attorney General Raoul’s work to investigate and prosecute child pornographers in Illinois.
Raoul’s office, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, runs the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force that investigates child exploitation crimes and trains law enforcement agencies.
“We are pleased that the result of this investigation led us to approve charges for this incredibly heinous offense,” McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said.
“Child pornography and other offenses like it are not victimless crimes and have a lasting negative impact on those depicted as well as the community as a whole,” Kenneally added.
Since 2006, the Attorney General’s ICAC Task Force has been involved in more than 1,700 arrests of sexual predators.
The task force has also provided internet safety training and education to more than 950,000 parents, teachers and students and more than 22,000 law enforcement professionals.