Illinois child porn crackdown leads to 26 arrests, 2 locally

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Posted on August 25, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 25 at 9:29 PM

(KMOV.com) -- A major state wide crackdown on child pornography in Illinois has hit the one year mark with the arrest of two Metro-East suspects.

Investigators raided two Belleville, Illinois homes earlier this week and arrested two suspects: Garold Semelka and Mike Telkamp. Those two arrests bring the total number of suspects arrested this year to 26.

Illinois States Attorney, Lisa Madigan, said the scope of child pornography in Illinois is both chilling and wide spread.  She also said even though suspects are viewing porn behind locked doors, they "live in a glass house."

Madigan said the 26 suspects that were arrested were scattered across the state.  She claims her program can see them, find them, arrest them and bring them to justice.  Madigan also talked about some of what she calls the most horrific child porn her investigators have ever seen.

In the last year, investigators uncovered videos of young children, even infants and toddlers, being raped.  The States Attorney said she is not sure if any victims are from this area.  The new, tougher laws could result in the 26 suspects being in prison for longer terms.

Madigan said parents need to be aware of the danger out there.  Approximately 25,000 sex offenders in Illinois have been arrested, charged and convicted for child pornography.
 

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