An Elmwood Park man has been charged with distribution and possession of child pornography after investigators recovered numerous images and videos depicting children engaging in sex acts on a computer in his home, according to the Office of Cook County Stateâ€™s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Jason Olson, 39, of the 2100 block of North 73rd Ave., was charged with one count of Child Pornography/Dissemination (Class X Felony) and four counts of Child Pornography: two Class 2 Felonies (moving images) and two Class 3 Felonies (still depictions by computer).
According to prosecutors, a search warrant was executed at Olsonâ€™s residence following an investigation by Cook County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Elmwood Park and Bartlett Police Departments. During the search, investigators recovered a computer from Olsonâ€™s residence and a forensic review of the computer revealed numerous downloaded video and picture files depicting young children engaging in a variety of sex acts.
Olson was arrested by Elmwood Park Police on Wednesday (Jan. 29) and appeared in bond court at the Maywood Courthouse where his bond was set at $200,000 by Judge Kristyna Ryan. Olsonâ€™s next court date is Feb. 19 in Room 102 at the Maywood Courthouse.
The Cook County Stateâ€™s Attorneyâ€™s Office administers the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which investigates and prosecutes criminal acts such as child pornography, sexual solicitation of a child or missing child investigations. The task force also offers guidance and information for parents and educators on internet safety.
The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.