A 29-year-old Crystal Lake man convicted last year of using a credit card stolen from a car in a church parking lot remained at the McHenry County Jail Wednesday on child pornography charges.
Christopher M. Rivera is accused of possessing multiple videos of children younger than 18 years old engaging in sexual activity, according to a 10-count criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court.
Rivera made his first court appearance on Saturday, when a judge appointed the McHenry County Public Defender's Office to represent him, records show.
Officers with the Crystal Lake Police Department arrested Rivera, of the 700 block of Concord Drive, Crystal Lake, at 6:45 a.m. Friday, court records show. Rivera would need to post $15,000 to secure his release from the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock. A financial affidavit that he filed in court Saturday indicated he could not post the money.
The Crystal Lake Police Department learned about the allegations through the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, of which the police department is a member, according to a news release. The tip prompted an immediate investigation, culminating in a search about 6:30 a.m. Friday of Rivera's home.
At the time of his arrest, Rivera was on probation for a 2019 identity theft conviction out of McHenry County.
On Nov. 8, Rivera accepted an offer from the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of identity theft. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss remaining charges including burglary and additional counts of identity theft. If the case had gone to trial and Rivera were convicted of the most serious charge, a Class 2 burglary, he would have face as many as seven years in prison.
According to charging documents, Rivera stole a credit card from a car in parking lot at Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1023 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake. He then used the card to make several purchases from restaurants, a grocery store and a Crystal Lake vape shop, according to the 2019 indictment.
If Rivera were to be convicted of any of the most recent charges, he could be sentenced to between three and seven years in prison.
He's scheduled to make his next court appearance on Aug. 14.