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Aurora Peeping Tom suspect now facing child porn charges

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The Aurora man charged with peering into girls’ windows and entering homes in Aurora is now facing child pornography charges.

Erik Paxton was charged Wednesday in Kane County Court with possessing child pornography. Authorities said none of the images Paxton allegedly possessed are of children he had contact with at work or in his Aurora neighborhood.

Last week, Paxton, 24, was charged with residential burglary, criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct in connection with six different incidents.

Police said Paxton peered into the windows of young girls and stole items of their clothing. He was being held on $260,000 bail in those charges. He also was charged with criminal trespassing for entering a home through an unsecured door and watching the residents — ages 54, 62 and 80 — as they were sleeping, police said.

Prosecutors Wednesday felony charges of aggravated child pornography for possessing images of children younger than 13. Each of those charges is a Class X felony, which carries a mandatory 6- to 30-year prison sentence if Paxton is convicted.

Paxton was also charged with possession of child pornography and possession of child pornography with intent to distribute, Prosecutors said.

Police said several images were discovered on Paxton’s home computer in which he apparently electronically manipulated photos of children he had found on the Internet into what is considered child pornography.

Judge Karen Simpson set Paxton’s bail at $500,000 on the new charges. Additionally, if Paxton posts the $76,000 bond needed for his release, he is not allowed any contact with children 18 and younger. He is also not allowed to go on the Internet.

Paxton was employed by the Heritage YMCA and worked with small children in programs at West Aurora and Indian Prairie schools prior to his arrest.

At his bond hearing Wednesday, Paxton said he had been working there since September 2011, but he is no longer employed at the YMCA. Paxton told the judge he lives with his parents and had never been arrested before this incident.

The burglary and Peeping Tom incidents took place within blocks of Paxton’s home, police said.

Paxton was arrested at his home after officers questioned him about a Peeping Tom incident that had been reported by a concerned father in the 200 block of South Westlawn Avenue.

The man called police after he saw a man running from his back yard. He also found a step stool outside of his young daughter’s window.

This was the second time officers were called to the residence for such a complaint, police said. In April, the father reported seeing a man peering into the room of his other young daughter.

An Aurora police officer came across Paxton in the area of Kensington Place and Rosedale Avenue. Paxton fit the general description of the suspect in the “peeping Tom” incident and the officer questioned him.

Paxton was arrested the next day, police said.

Detectives tied Paxton to other incidents on Westlawn Avenue and South Central Avenue.

When police searched Paxton’s home, items found there led to additional charges. Those items included girls’ and women’s underwear.



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