.

Former Wheaton Professor Pleads Not Guilty to Child Porn Charges

Donald Ratcliff pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated possession of child pornography and weapons-related charges Thursday. He returns to court Wednesday, May 2.

A former Wheaton College professor pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated possession of child pornography and weapons-related charges in DuPage County Thursday morning.

Donald Ratcliff, 60, of Carol Stream faces seven counts of aggravated possession of child pornography, two counts of possession of a firearm without a FOID card and one count of possession of ammunition without a FOID card.

According to a March 29 statement from Wheaton College, Ratcliff's employment ended March 14.

Sign up for the Patch newsletter!

Ratcliff is sheduled to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation prior to a discovery hearing May 2 before DuPage County Judge John Kinsella. He remains at DuPage County Jail, with a bond of $30,000.

Prosecutors said earlier that Ratcliff “intellectually rationalized” the reasons he downloaded, viewed and shared explicit videos featuring girls as young as 3 years-old. He told investigators it was “potentially therapeutic” and a “healthy alternative” to adult pornography. He also said research in Europe determined viewing such images was a way to avoid becoming a pedophile.

At a March 8 hearing, after investigators tracked downloads of child pornography to his computer.

J. Burket March 30, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Well, I live in GE . . . not Wheaton. Can't speak for Wheaton, but I think we are hyper-tolerant of other's views in this village. ;o)
Lisa March 30, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I believe he is still in the DuPage County Jail. His wife and children have refused to help him post bail.
Lisa March 30, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Well spoken comments Jim and Mitch
BIll I March 31, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Thats good Lisa. It's not too late to make sure you keep your opinions to yourself.
Lisa March 31, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Good to know. Tee Hee.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »