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Fox Lake man charged with alleged child pornography

FOX LAKE – A forensic examination of a Fox Lake man's electronic devices identified "numerous pornographic images" of alleged child pornography, according to a Lake County Sheriff's Office news release.

Stephen A. O’Dette, 61, of the 0-100 block of Highview Ave. was arrested March 6 at his residence and charged with six counts of alleged child pornography.

Evidence was seized from the residence which included electronic devices capable of storing electronic media. Many of the pornographic images on the electronic devices were identified to be child pornography, according to the news release.

In January, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit, with assistance from special investigators of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, conducted a child pornography investigation which resulted in the execution of a search warrant.

O’Dette was charged with six counts of Possession of Child Pornography – three class 2 felonies and three class 3 felonies, according to the release.

O’Dette’s bond was set at $300,000.00. 

He is scheduled to appear in court March 24.

Further investigation will be conducted to determine if additional charges will be sought on the devices seized, according to the release.

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