A Crystal Lake man who was found in possession of numerous videos of someone having sex with a child has been sentenced to four years in prison, prosecutors said.
Christopher M. Rivera, 29, of the 700 block of Concord Drive in Crystal Lake, was charged in July with ten counts of possession of child pornography, a Class 2 felony.
The Crystal Lake Police Department executed a residential search warrant at Rivera’s residence in July as part of an ongoing investigation at the time.
Police began investigating the man after receiving information from the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, of which the Crystal Lake Police Department is a participating member.
The Crystal Lake Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit conducted the investigation, which led to a search warrant being issued.
Detectives arrested Rivera following a search of his residence that resulted in evidence recovered, according to Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Thomas Kotlowski.
A 10-count criminal complaint filed in court alleged that Rivera possessed videotapes of a child, who Rivera knew was under the age of 18, engaging in an act of sexual intercourse.
The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office reached a negotiated plea deal with Rivera, who previously admitted to investigators of possessing the child pornography.
Rivera pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography, a Class 2 felony. In exchange, all nine other charges were dropped.
McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced Rivera on Friday to four years in prison.
He remains held in the McHenry County Jail while he awaits transport to a state prison.