Crime & Courts

McHenry-area man charged in child pornography investigation

Police say they found 5 separate files containing child porn on computer

Jacob D. Fredericks, 22, of the 5200 block of Pistakee Lake Road, near McHenry
Jacob D. Fredericks, 22, of the 5200 block of Pistakee Lake Road, near McHenry

McHENRY – An online tip led to a police investigation and a series of felony child pornography charges for a 22-year-old man from the McHenry area.

Detectives from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Attorney General’s Office went to a house Friday in the 5200 block of Pistakee Drive outside McHenry, where they found computer files containing child pornography, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court.

At least one of the file names suggested a child as young as 5 years old was involved.

Jacob D. Fredericks, of the 5200 block of Pistakee Lake Road, is charged with possessing child pornography, a felony offense typically punishable by three to seven years in prison.

The investigation was launched after the Round Lake Police Department received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office sent Tuesday.

The investigation later was transferred to the sheriff’s office.

Fredericks posted $5,000 bail and was released Saturday from the McHenry County Jail, records show.

His next court date is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

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