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Wheaton Police Turn Up 600 Images, Videos of Child Porn; Bond Set for Roselle Man

The following information comes for a DuPage County State's Attorney Office press release. 

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert. B. Berlin announced Wednesday bond has been set for a Roselle man accused of possessing child pornography. 

Robert Schmidt, 47 (d.o.b. 3/25/1966), of 515 East Granville, appeared in Bond Court Wednesday morning where Judge Elizabeth Sexton set bond at $75,000 with 10% to apply. In all, Schmidt has been charged with four counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a Class 2 Felony.

Through the course of their continued efforts in policing the Internet for child pornography, Wheaton police officers were led to Schmidt’s home in Roselle. 

The investigation revealed Schmidt allegedly possessed approximately 600 images and videos of child pornography on his computer and a thumb drive. Schmidt was taken into custody without incident yesterday afternoon.

“Child pornography continues to be a scourge on society claiming thousands of young victims every year,” Berlin said. “Every image of child pornography represents a young victim whose innocence was taken from them by sick individuals. Any allegations of child pornography in DuPage County will be met with the full force of the law. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Anne Therieau for her work on this case as well as the Wheaton Police Department for their continuing efforts to protect our children from child pornographers.”

Schmidt’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 14 for arraignment. His case has been assigned to Judge Robert Kleeman. Additional conditions of bond for Schmidt, should he be able to post bond, include, no contact with children under 18 years of age and no Internet access.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Harold G March 24, 2014 at 01:03 AM
While on the surface this seems noble and good that they caught this individual if indeed the allegations are true. But as a citizen of Wheaton, I have to question whether there are too many police for the size of the community. As many towns are laying off officers and looking at consolidating Police departments or having the sheriff take over policing in their communities. It appears as though the Wheaton Police department is doing the exact opposite. One has to wonder, is there too many officers in Wheaton, that the Pd has to try to potentially "entrap" individuals in Roselle Illinois? Doesn't the Roselle police department or even the FBI have field agents that handle CP matters? Why is the Wheaton Pd even handling a case and why was it not handed over to the police in the jurisdiction where the alleged offender was residing at?? Keep in mind that this is the police department that for years couldn't even apprehend "the Wheaton Bandit" an individual that robbed a community bank - the same branches almost weekly! One of which was directly around the corner from the Wheaton Police department. If anyone is interested the can watch the full segment online at: http://www.hulu.com/watch/80719

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