Oak Park man arrested for downloading child porn

An Internet crimes task force alerted Oak Park police earlier this month about man's online activity

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police arrested a 44-year-old man last week after the national Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force alerted them that the man was using an online file-sharing program to download pornographic images and videos of children.

Police searched the residence of Joe V. Hymon, of the 700 block of North Austin Boulevard on Oct. 17 and found two computers containing more than 700 images and videos, according to a statement sent Monday from the village of Oak Park. Hymon was not at home when the search warrant was executed, but was arrested when he returned. He was charged with aggravated possession of child pornography.

The ICAC supervisor in the Cook County States Attorney's Office contacted Oak Park police on Oct. 12 about an IP address that was traced to the residence. The ICAC is a multi-jurisdictional team that helps state and local law enforcement agencies investigate and prosecute cyber enticement and child pornography cases.

Hymon was released on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Oct. 26 at the Maybrook courthouse.

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