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Elmhurst

Elmhurst, Villa Park men charged with child porn possession after county raids

Two DuPage County men have been charged with possession of child pornography after recent raids in the county as part of the statewide Operation Glass House initiative, according to a news release from the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

Steven Friesen, 45, of Villa Park, has been charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to the release. He is being held in the DuPage County Jail on $250,000 bond, the release said.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s investigators searched Friesen's townhouse on Michigan Avenue in Villa Park Oct. 9 with the assistance of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, the Villa Park Police Department and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, according to the release. Investigators allegedly found evidence of child pornography, the release said.

Brian Gondek, 54, of Elmhurst, has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography, according to the release. Gondek is being held by DuPage County authorities on $200,000 bond, the release said.

Elmhurst police and investigators from the Attorney General's Office executed a search warrant at Gondek's apartment on Arlington Avenue in Elmhurst Oct. 10 and allegedly found evidence of child pornography, which led to his arrest, according to the release.

Operation Glass House was launched in 2010. It focuses on apprehending offenders who trade and watch violent child pornography videos, according to the release. These two latest arrests bring the total of child pornography-related arrests to 50 in Illinois since the crackdown began.

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