Sheriff’s officials say an Antioch man communicated with a child from California and got her to send him explicit photos, which he then allegedly distributed online.
Anthony Cloe, 26, of the 24100 block of West Grass Lake Road in unincorporated Antioch, was initially charged in July with three counts of possession of child pornography, a Class 2 felony.
He is now facing three additional counts of child pornography, two being Class X felonies and one being a Class 1 felony.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office received information in March from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that child pornography was being downloaded onto a device at Cloe’s residence, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.
Sheriff’s detectives obtained a search warrant for the home and executed it on July 7.
Detectives seized digital media devices belonging to Cloe and have since conducted a forensic examination on them.
Detectives found multiple videos of children under the age of 13 engaged in sexual acts with adults.
Sheriff’s detectives also discovered Cloe had been communicating with a juvenile from California, Covelli said.
During their communications, Cloe allegedly asked for sexually explicit videos and images from the girl.
The girl complied with his requests and sent nude images of herself.
Covelli said that Cloe then sent those images of the girl to other people on social media applications.
Cloe also sent the California girl child pornography, which included videos of children under the age of 13 engaged in sexual acts, Covelli said.
Detectives obtained a warrant for the man’s new charges on Wednesday.
The sheriff’s office arrested Cloe at his Antioch residence Thursday morning.
“Our Cybercrimes Unit does a tremendous job identifying and arresting those who exploit our most vulnerable. It is so important to routinely remind your children not to communicate with those they do not personally know on social media,” Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said.
“It is also important for the parents and guardians of our children to monitor what their children are doing, and who they are talking to on social media,” Idleburg said.
Cloe was previously released after posting 10% of his $250,000 bond. His latest warrant carried a bond of $100,000.
He has since been released from the Lake County Jail after posting bond again.