#childpredator | Villa Park Man Faces Child Pornography Charges

VILLA PARK, IL — A Villa Park man was arrested Monday in connection with child pornography charges. David C. Hibbeler, 68, of the 100 block of North Summit Avenue, was charged with four counts of possessing visual reproductions of child pornography.

The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and Villa Park police conducted a search of Hibbeler’s home Monday, following an undercover internet investigation. Police say child pornography files were located on Hibbeler’s computer.

“Our Digital Forensics Unit is picking right up where they left off at the end of the year and are starting 2021 with a renewed commitment to finding and bringing to justice those who deal in child pornography,” Sheriff James Mendrick said in a news release. Mendrick added, “Unfortunately this is the first of many of these cases they will present to prosecutors in the coming year.”

“Every day, child pornographers steal the innocence from thousands of young boys and girls, some less than a year old,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement. “These young victims cannot protect themselves from the severe emotional and physical harm inflicted upon them by these sexual predators. The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office however, continues to do a tremendous job of identifying and locating suspected child pornographers, as is alleged in this case. I commend them for their ongoing efforts in protecting our children from child pornographers.”

Hibbeler is currently being held in DuPage County Jail, with bail set at $30,000. He is scheduled to appear in court again Feb. 12.

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