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Crest Hill men busted on child porn charges

Karen Sorensen | 12/19/2014, 9:03 a.m.
Andrew and Levi Castro were taken into custody Friday following an investigation by the Will County State's Attorney's High Technology ...
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Levi Castro

The Will County State's Attorney's Office issued this news release:

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that two Crest Hill men have been charged today with child pornography as part of an ongoing investigation launched by his High Technology Crimes Unit.

Andrew J.P. Castro, 26, and Levi S. Castro, 29, both of 504 Theodore St., were arrested at their home on Friday morning by High Technology Crimes Unit investigators and officers from the Crest Hill Police Department.

Andrew Castro was charged with one count of Dissemination of Child Pornography, a Class X Felony that carries a penalty of six to 30 years in prison upon conviction. Probation is not a sentencing option. Andrew Castro also was charged with three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a Class 2 Felony that carries a penalty of three to seven years in prison upon conviction.

Levi Castro was charged with one count of Possession of Child Pornography, a Class 2 Felony that carries a penalty of three to seven years in prison upon conviction.

Both men are scheduled to appear in bond court at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Will County Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson St., in downtown Joliet.

State’s Attorney Glasgow created the specialized unit in 2012 to track to predators who use the Internet to download illegal child pornography. In the past two years, the unit has arrested more than 70 individuals who were in possession of child pornography or who were actually abusing children.

In the Castro case, High Technology Crimes investigators identified a computer with an Internet Protocol address that led them to the Crest Hill home. They executed a search warrant Friday morning and seized computers and other electronics from inside the house. The investigation into this case continues.

The Will County State's Attorney's Office reminds the public that charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.