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Johnsburg man faces child pornography charges

Patrick Kuczwara, 20, of the 5600 block of Prairie Rose Lane, Johnsburg
Patrick Kuczwara, 20, of the 5600 block of Prairie Rose Lane, Johnsburg

WOODSTOCK – A 20-year-old Johnsburg man facing child pornography charges posted bond Thursday and was released from the McHenry County Jail.

Patrick Kuczwara, of the 5600 block of Prairie Rose Lane, was charged Nov. 9 with child pornography, but he wasn’t booked into jail until Thursday morning, jail records show.

Kuczwara had been returning from a semester of school abroad at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, when the warrant for his arrest was issued, defense attorney Steven Goldman wrote in the motion.

Goldman was not available to comment Thursday.

Kuczwara is listed as a biomedical engineering student in the University of Arkansas’ student directory.

University administration could not be reached Thursday to confirm his enrollment or that he had been studying abroad.

Between January and May, Kuczwara had at least five files containing child pornography on his computer, police wrote in the complaint filed in McHenry County.

Some of the files’ names included sexual acts, and one title suggested the material involved a 9-year-old girl, according to the complaint.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested Kuczwara on the warrant when he arrived Nov. 25 at Los Angeles International Airport in California during his trip home.

Since a bond amount had not been set on the original warrant, Kuczwara remained in Los Angeles county jail until McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather set his bond at $50,000 and an additional warrant was issued.

He was transferred to the McHenry County Jail on Thursday morning and posted $5,000 bail in the afternoon, jail records show.

Details about Kuczwara’s transfer from Los Angeles to Woodstock were not available because certain documents related to the case have been impounded.

If convicted of the child pornography charges, Kuczwara could face three to seven years in prison.

He is due in court Jan. 4.

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