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Newark man arrested, charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography

A Newark man has been arrested on charges of possession and dissemination of child pornography, following an investigation into a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a press statement from the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office read.

Michael Wicklatz, 45, of the 14000 block of Lisbon Road, Newark, was arrested on charges of four counts of child pornography; two Class X felony charges for dissemination and two Class 2 felony charges for possession, following an investigation that began in June 2021. Charges were approved by the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office.

On June 11, 2021, Kendall County Sheriff’s Office detectives received “information based on a cybertip” from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), that an online user was disseminating child pornography, the press statement read.

“Detectives initiated a criminal investigation into the NCMEC tip,” The statement continued. “During the investigation, numerous subpoenas were obtained to determine the identity of the user.”

Kendall County Sheriff’s Office detectives, assisted by detectives from the Yorkville Police Department, Plano Police Department, and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office High Tech Crime Bureau, executed a search warrant pursuant to the investigation on Oct. 19.

Wicklatz was taken into custody without incident, and is currently being held at the Kendall County Jail. Wicklatz’s bond was set at $100,000/10%.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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