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McHenry man sentenced to prison for possession of cocaine, child pornography

Matthew P. Kus, 32, of McHenry.
Matthew P. Kus, 32, of McHenry.

A traffic stop that led to drug and child pornography charges against a McHenry man came to a head Thursday when the 32-year-old entered a plea deal that carried a four-year prison sentence.

Matthew P. Kus pleaded guilty Thursday to separate child pornography and drug possession charges stemming from his July 9, 2019 arrest. Kus, of the 3200 block of Vista Terrace, also must register for life as a sex offender.

The charges are rooted in a 2019 McHenry County Sheriff's Office traffic stop, during which Kus consented to a search of his vehicle, according to a news release from the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office.

Following a search, officers located cocaine on Kus and received the man's permission to search his cellphone, where they discovered images of child pornography, according to the release.

McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt specifically sentenced Kus to three years in prison for possession of child pornography and one year for possession of cocaine. Kus is required to serve the sentences one after another for a combined four years.

As a condition of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss additional charges alleging possession of child pornography and ecstasy.

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