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St. Charles Township man pleads guilty to child porn charges

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A St. Charles Township man has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty last week to possessing child pornography.

Refugio M. Padilla Jr., 34, of the 7N200 block of Barb Hill Drive, was arrested at his home Jan. 17, said Kane County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Lt. Pat Gengler. Court documents show that, in addition to the three-year sentence, Kane County Circuit Judge Karen Simpson also ordered Padilla to pay $2,365 in fines.

Court documents show that charges of reproducing and disseminating child pornography of a victim younger than 13 were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Gengler said the initial investigation into Padilla started with the Naperville Police Department, but the Kane County Sheriff’s Office took over once police determined that Padilla’s residence was in St. Charles Township. Gengler said it’s common for investigations into child pornography to start in another police jurisdiction, and said the forensic computer investigation can take a long time “depending on the skill level of the suspects.”

Sheriff’s deputies had obtained a search warrant, Gengler said, and a preliminary search showed Padilla had about 100 images on his computer that might have contained child pornography.

“Very rarely do you get a case like this where there is only one image,” Gengler said.

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