A Mundelein man, who was on pre-trial release for sending explicit photos of himself to his family members, has been charged with soliciting child pornography from minors online.
Derrick C. McNulty, 25, of Mundelein, was charged with six counts of child pornography, ranging from Class X to Class 3 felonies.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Francis DeRosa said a female victim came forward to report McNulty solicited nude photographs and videos from her when she was 15 years old in 2021.
Mundelein Police Department detectives interviewed the victim in August and she reported she had communicated with McNulty on Snapchat in December 2020.
McNulty asked for the nude photos while claiming to be an artist, saying he wanted to draw her, DeRosa said. The girl told McNulty she was only 15.
The victim reported that McNulty sent her an explicit photo of himself. The girl also sent McNulty sexually explicit images and videos at the man’s request, DeRosa said.
Search warrants were issued to Snapchat and Instagram as part of the investigation.
One of the saved compilations created by McNulty, which contained images and videos of the child naked or in sexual acts, was more than 16 minutes long, DeRosa said.
Detectives executed a search warrant for McNulty’s phone and found additional saved images of the child on his phone.
DeRosa said investigators found almost 60 Snapchat conversations where McNulty solicited pornography from female juveniles between 2020 and 2023.
McNulty was out on pre-trial release at the time of his arrest last month, court records show.
He was previously charged in a misdemeanor case with distributing explicit material to a minor and obscenity.
Those charges alleged that McNulty sent a photo of his genitals to an underage family member and an adult family member.
The victim in the latest case against McNulty came forward following the investigation in the first case, DeRosa said.
A grand jury returned a six-count indictment against McNulty last week.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak granted prosecutors’ request to detain McNulty pending trial.
The judge said McNulty is “inherently dangerous” to every child and is a serious threat.