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Man gets 4 months in jail for child porn possession

Luigi Castillo

Luigi Castillo

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Updated: October 2, 2012 12:43PM



A self-styled private investigator was sentenced to four months in jail Tuesday after he claimed that he was trying to help two young girls featured in a pornographic video on his home computer.

Luigi Castillo, 34, also was placed on probation for three years after pleading guilty in July to possessing child pornography.

The Glendale Heights man told police when he was arrested last year that he had been trying to locate and help two girls seen in a video that investigators found on his computer.

The girls were wearing shirts from an out-of-state high school that Castillo — who sometimes worked as a private investigator — called in an effort to help the teens, his attorney said.

“He found this by mistake and started this investigation and perhaps lingered with it a little too long,” defense attorney David Camic said.

DuPage County prosecutors scoffed at the claim, saying Castillo had 166 files containing child pornography on his home computer, laptop computer and on his smart phone.

And Castillo never reached out to authorities to ask them to find or help the girls seen in the video, authorities said.

“He said he was trying to save them, but what steps did he take? He never contacted police,” said prosecutor Romas Mockaitis.

Castillo apologized before being sentenced, saying that “despite my intent, the law was still broken.”

Judge Kathryn Creswell called Castillo’s explanation “unusual,” but citing his guilty plea and lack of prior crimes, opted not to send him to prison.

In addition to the jail term and probation, she ordered him to undergo sex offender counseling.

Castillo had faced up to seven years in prison.



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