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Child pornography charges filed against Elmwood Park man

An Elmwood Park man was arrested last week for allegedly possessing child pornography.

Gabriel Aguilar, 25, of 2922 75th Ave., was arrested at 6 a.m. July 2 at his residence by Elmwood Park police and charged with two counts of possession and dissemination of child pornography.

Elmwood Park Police Chief Frank Fagiano said officers were able to obtain a warrant to search the home and computers and hard drives were confiscated from the residence.

Fagiano said the department received information about Aguilar through its affiliation with Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children, a child exploitation task force.

“His IP address was picked up [through ICAC], which led to his arrest,” Fagiano said of Aguilar.

Elmwood Park Det. Mark Astrella, the detective handling the case, said after posting bond, which was set at $50,000, Aguilar was placed on a 24-hour curfew and ordered to wear an electronic home monitoring device. He is also forbidden to have contact with anyone under the age of 18 and cannot have access to Internet or a cell phone, Astrella said.

According to Astrella, Aguilar worked at Circle of Support in Park Ridge, an organization that deals with autistic children. No charges involving Aguilar’s work place have been filed, police said.

Aguilar was also charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia as a result of the search of his residence.

Aguilar was scheduled to appear in court July 9.

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