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Anita Alvarez
Cook County State's Attorney
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Chicago, IL 60602
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 17, 2014

Chicago Man Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

A Chicago man appeared in bond court today, charged with possession of child pornography after investigators recovered numerous videos depicting children engaging in sex acts on a computer in his home, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Neil Sussman, 59, of the 5400 block of North Sheridan, was charged with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography (depiction of child under 13 years of age and depiction of a child under 18 years of age), Class 2 felonies.  If convicted, Susman could face up to 14 years in prison. 

According to prosecutors, a search warrant was executed at Sussman’s residence following an investigation by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Investigations Bureau in cooperation with the Cook County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  During the search, investigators recovered a laptop computer from Sussman’s residence and a forensic review of the computer revealed numerous  video files depicting young children engaging in a variety of sex acts.

Sussman  was arrested by State’s Attorney’s investigators yesterday (Jan. 16) and appeared in bond court today at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago before Judge Israel Desierto who set bond at $50,000.  Sussman’s next court date is Feb. 7.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office administers the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which investigates and prosecutes criminal acts such as child pornography, sexual solicitation of a child or missing child investigations.  The task force also offers guidance and information for parents and educators on internet safety.  To report a child-related internet crime call (312) 492-3655.

The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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