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Crest Hill man gets probation for child porn conviction

Andrew Castro
Andrew Castro

JOLIET – A Crest Hill man who admitted to a sexual interest in young children and discussed kidnapping and murder with his older brother was sentenced Monday to three years on probation.

Andrew J. Castro, 28, has no prior criminal record and prosecutors did "not present sufficient evidence to overcome the presumption of probation" for a first-time offender, Judge Sarah Jones said. During a bench trial in January, Jones found Castro guilty of possession of child pornography, but did not feel it was proven he'd been distributing it online. Castro could've been sentenced to up to seven years in prison.

Andrew Castro and Levi S. Castro, 31, were arrested Dec. 19, 2014, after police searched their home in the 500 block of Theodore Street as part of an investigation by the Will County Internet Crimes Task Force.

The brothers discussed kidnapping a mother and young daughter in order to kill the woman and rape the girl, according to recorded interviews with police.

While Andrew Castro admitted to having videos showing young children being sexually abused, he also told investigators he did not intend for files he downloaded to be accessible to others, according to a recording played in court. Andrew Castro used programs that automatically share files once they’re received.

Levi Castro pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against his brother. He was sentenced to three years on probation and must register for life as a sex offender, which is the same sentence Andrew Castro received Monday.

Since two sex offenders cannot live in the same residence and his brother has already returned home, Andrew Castro must find a new place to live before he is released from the Will County jail, Assistant Public Defender Timothy Specht said.

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