An Oak Park man is in federal custody awaiting a bond hearing on child pornography charges.
Kevin G. Fuller, 41, of the 1000 block of N. Taylor Avenue, was arrested by federal agents Thursday and charged with distribution of child pornography. The arrest was made after agents from the Chicago office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, executed a search warrant at Fuller’s home.
Fuller, who records show has lived in the village since 2003, holds a doctorate in molecular genetics and cell biology. He is a science professor at Columbia College in Chicago.
A preliminary forensic examination of a computer found at Fuller’s home showed “images of infants and prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit activity,” according to an ICE affidavit.
The affidavit noted that Fuller waived his Miranda rights and agreed to be interviewed. In that interview, the affidavit says, he acknowledged using his home computer to both receive and distribute images of child pornography and to engage in e-mail discussions about sexual activity with infants and children.
The charge on the criminal complaint against Fuller is specific about a file sent in April, though the affidavit details messages and file sharing that date to February 2008.
In October, federal agents subpoenaed Google for access to an e-mail account that Fuller had with the Internet company. Found among those records, according to the affidavit, were images and messages about sexual abuse of children. Also found in that search was a Columbia College e-mail address, which was listed as the secondary address for Fuller’s gmail account. Fuller used a computer at Columbia College dozens of times to access his home computer, according to the affidavit.
Transporting child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years in prison and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
FBI spokesman Randall Samborn said Fuller would remain in federal custody in the Metropolitan Correctional Center through the weekend. He is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Monday before federal magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox.