ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Rockford Police Department Officer Joshua Grover has been charged with three counts of possession of child pornography by Illinois Attorney General (AG) Kwame Raoul and Winnebago County State’s Attorney J. Hanley Thursday.
“Child pornography is a reprehensible crime that victimizes children and their families each time the images are downloaded or shared,” Raoul says. “I appreciate the partnership between my office and State’s Attorney Hanley’s office, and I am committed to continuing collaborations with his office and other law enforcement agencies that are crucial in tracking down and protecting communities from these offenders.”
The 45-year-old RPD officer from Roscoe is currently on administrative leave, was charged in Winnebago County Circuit Court with the Class 2 felony. He’s currently in the Winnebago County Jail.
“In support of the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, our office has a dedicated sex crimes prosecutor – who aided in this investigation,” Hanley says. “The work of the Task Force is unmatched and our active participation is further evidence of our office’s tireless efforts to protect our community’s children.”
Raoul’s investigators, with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Roscoe Police Department, conducted a search of a residence Thursday, Sept. 23, in the 700 block of Charlemont Lane in Roscoe and arrested Grover after discovering evidence of child pornography.
This case involving Grover is part of Raoul’s ongoing initiative to investigate and prosecute those who download and trade child pornography in Illinois. A grant from the U.S. Department of Justice allows the AG’s office toe lead the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Since 2006, the ICAC has arrested more than 1,780 sexual predators and offers internet safety training and education to more than 953,500 individuals.
Grover’s bond hearing will be on Friday, Sept. 24. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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