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West suburban man charged with child pornography

Dennis Houst/ phofrom FBI

Dennis Houston / photo from FBI

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A west suburban man is facing federal child pornography charges after sending images from his laptop computer to an undercover agent, the FBI announced Monday.

Dennis Houston, 43,of the 3S500 block of Bliss Road in Sugar Grove, was arrested at his home without incident last Thursday and charged with one felony count of transportation of child pornography, according to a federal criminal complaint.

An undercover FBI agent in Maryland made contact online on Feb. 29 with a person who was sharing two password-protected file folders on a peer-to-peer file sharing network, the complaint said.

The agent began online chatting with the person, who provided the agent with the password to the two folders, the complaint said. The agent used the password to download 20 image files and one video file from the shared folders that contained child pornography.

An investigation determined Houston was the person who used the IPO to provide the password and the shared files, the complaint said.

During a search of Houston’s home Thursday, FBI agents found 1,300 child porn images and files on Houston’s laptop, including at least four of the image and video files previously downloaded by the undercover agent, the complaint said.

Houston is being held without bond at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, and is next scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

If convicted, he faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison.



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