Chicago Man Charged in Child Pornography Case

Bond was set for a Chicago man charged with possessing child pornography after investigators discovered that he had downloaded numerous videos to his home computer, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Jose Munoz, 26, of the 4700 block of South Keeler Ave., is charged with one Felony count of Child Pornography/Possession following an investigation by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Chicago Police Department.

According to prosecutors, authorities initiated an investigation after becoming aware that the defendant was downloading child pornography via a file sharing program. The investigation revealed that from March 3, 2014 through March 25, 2014, Munoz searched for and downloaded videos containing child pornography, which he also made available for sharing. Investigators executed a search warrant at Munoz’s home, during which they seized Munoz’s laptop computer. A forensic review of the computer revealed more than 200 videos files of children under the age of 13 depicted in acts of sexual conduct and sexual penetration.

Munoz was arrested on May 6 and he appeared in bond court Wednesday at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago where Judge Donald Panarese set his bond at $100,000. Munoz’s next court date is May 27th.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’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