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Lake County

Barrington man had more than 10,000 child porn videos, images, police say

John P. Malecki, 45, of Barrington, is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, each a Class 2 felony that carries a possible prison term of three to seven years. Police said a search of several of electronic devices in his home uncovered more than 10,000 videos and and images, many depicting children under the age of 13.
John P. Malecki, 45, of Barrington, is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, each a Class 2 felony that carries a possible prison term of three to seven years. Police said a search of several of electronic devices in his home uncovered more than 10,000 videos and and images, many depicting children under the age of 13.

BARRINGTON – A 45-year-old Barrington man faces felony child pornography charges after police said a search of several of electronic devices in his home uncovered more than 10,000 videos and and images, many depicting children younger than 13.

John P. Malecki, of the 500 block of Shorely Drive, is being held in the Lake County Jail on $150,000 bail, according to a news release from Lake County Sheriff's Detective Christopher Covelli.

Malecki was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by the Lake County Sheriff's Office Cybercrimes Unit and the Lake County State's Attorney's Cybercrimes unit, the release said.

Police said they executed a search warrant on his residence, where they seized the electronic storage devices. A forensic examination of the devices revealed thousands of images, police said. Because of the large volume of child pornography, additional digital forensics will be conducted, according to the release.

Malecki is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, each a Class 2 felony that carries a possible prison term of three to seven years. Police said additional charges are possible.

Malecki is next scheduled to appear in Lake County court at 9 a.m. Friday.

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