A man who has been wanted for over a year on charges of possessing child pornography in Lake County has been taken into custody in New Mexico by law enforcement.
Gabriel Bahena-Millan, 42, of Waukegan, was charged with five counts of possession of child pornography.
An arrest warrant carrying a $1 million bond was issued for his arrest in November 2021, court records show.
The case was investigated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak said during a bond hearing that Bahena-Millan has a similar case in Luna County, New Mexico for attempted possession of visual medium of sexual exploitation of a child.
Potkonjak said the man also has a case with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for illegal entry into the United States.
Bahena-Millan’s attorney, Geoffrey Wexler, said his client has lived in Waukegan for the past 22 years and has a family.
Wexler asked the court to lower the bond to $200,000 and said his client could post $20,000 cash.
Potkonjak kept the bond at $1 million after reviewing the case.
Potkonjak said Bahena-Millan would be on a 24-hour curfew if he made bond and would also not be able to have contact with juveniles.
Bahena-Millan remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $100,000 cash in order to be released.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 4.