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Bond Set at $300,000 for Firefighter Accused of Possessing Child Pornography

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba announced today that a contract firefighter/paramedic has been charged with five counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a Class 2 Felony. Peter Woitovich, 25 (d.o.b. 11/11/1990) of 5704 S. Walnut Avenue, Downers Grove, appeared in Bond Court this afternoon where his bond was set at $300,000 with 10% to apply.

            In late 2015, as part of their ongoing investigations into the possession and dissemination of child pornography, authorities with the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office’s Sexual Predator Electronic Exploitation Division (S.P.E.E.D) located a computer in DuPage County that allegedly was in possession of child pornography. Through the course of their investigation detectives were led to Woitovich. This morning a search warrant was executed at Woitovich’s residence which allegedly uncovered images of child pornography in Woitovich’s possession. Following the search, Woitovich was taken into custody without incident by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office.

            “Child pornography is not a victimless crime,” Berlin said. “Year after year, hundreds of thousands of images are downloaded and shared over the internet with each image representing yet another innocent, young victim of child pornography. To protect these innocent victims, my office stands ready to vigorously prosecute any allegations of child pornography. I would like to thank the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office’s S.P.E.E.D Unit for their work on this case and for their continuing efforts to protect our children from child pornographers. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Johnston for her work on this case”      
            “Today’s arrest shows the dedication and commitment of our Office in the fight against child pornography,” Sheriff Zaruba said. “The Detectives assigned to our Sexual Predator Electronic Exploitation Division (S.P.E.E.D) dedicate themselves every day to prevent the victimization of our children.”

            Woitovich’s next court appearance is scheduled for February 22, 2016, in front of Judge George Bakalis. Additional conditions for Woitovich should he be able to post bond include no contact with children under 18 years of age and no computer or Internet access.

            Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.



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