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Accused child pornographer may have secretly filmed neighbors

Renzo Barduagni 50 700 block Violet Court Naperville has posted bond is out jail. He faces trial child pornography charges

Renzo Barduagni, 50, of the 700 block of Violet Court in Naperville, has posted bond and is out of jail. He faces trial on child pornography charges, following a 4-month-long investigation by Naperville police. | Courtesy of DuPage County Sheriff's Department

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Updated: October 17, 2012 2:04AM



A Naperville man charged with possession of child porngraphy allegedly used a camera to make at least one surreptitious film of a neighbor girl as she emerged from a shower inside her family’s home.

Renzo Barduagni was held Tuesday night in DuPage County Jail on $300,000 bail after being accused of keeping more than 100 pornographic images of children in at least two computers inside his home.

Barduagni lives on the 700 block of Violet Circle, in the Wildflower neighborhood in far west-central Naperville. He faces trial on five felony charges of aggravated possession of child pornography in film or photo form and one count of unauthorized video recording of a victim under the age of 18, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court.

Barduagni, 50, was arrested Monday morning at his home. That followed a four-month-long investigation by members of the Naperville Police Department’s High Technology Crimes Unit, police Sgt. John Westlove said Tuesday.

Investigators “monitor people who download child pornography on the Internet,” Westlove said. Detectives began investigating Barduagni in late spring or early summer “due to the increasing downloading of child pornography” on a computer at his home, he said.

Police on Monday executed a search warrant at Barduagni’s house, Westlove said. After examining Barduagni’s computers, detectives “were able to obtain over 100 images of children under the age of 17 engaged in sexual acts,” Westlove said.

Al Karman, a father of three who lives on Barduagni’s block, said neighbors told him police conducted “a raid Monday morning, where they caught (Barduagni) at his computer viewing pornographic images of adolescents.”

“There were multiple police cars, and they took boxes, computers and cameras with long-range lenses” out of Barduagni’s house, said Karman, who moderates a Wildflower-area e-group.

Neighbors were told police have “the better part of about 10 years’ worth of of film that they need to go through,” films Barduagni allegedly made since moving into the area, Karman said.

That includes footage of “at least one neighbor in the vicinity of (Barduagni’s) house coming out of the shower,” Karman said. The neighbor in that case has been “positively identified” as being a grade school-age girl, he said.

Evening shift police Cmdr. Ray Adkins, when reached Tuesday night by telephone, said he had no information about the case.

An examination of court records indicated Barduagni has no significant criminal record in DuPage, Kane and Will counties. His arraignment date is pending.



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