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Bellwood Police Commander Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Bond has been set for a Bellwood police commander charged with three counts of possession of child pornography.

A judge set bond for John Trevarthen, 45, at $150,000, according to a release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. Possession of child pornography is a class 2 felony.

DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin, Lombard Chief of Police Roy Newton and DuPage County Sheriff James...

Posted by DuPage County State's Attorney's Office on Saturday, February 6, 2021

In mid-January, a Lombard police detective with the Illinois Attorney General Crimes Against Children Taskforce received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited children about child pornography videos and photos allegedly uploaded on a smart phone with an email address to a home registered in Lombard.

After investigating that tip, Lombard police conducted a traffic stop on Trevarthen on Friday and seized his person iPhone in addition to executing a search warrant of his home, resulting in seizure of his iPad.

Police allege that Trevarthen used a personal IP address as well as an IP address owned by the Village of Bellwood to view child pornography through a file sharing application called Kik.

Trevarthen is schedule to appear in court again on March 8.

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