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Professor Charged for Child Porn Also Had 2 Pistols, 1,600 Rounds of Ammunition

Donald Ratcliff of Carol Stream will appear in DuPage County Court for a bond hearing Thursday, March 8. His bond is set at $750,000.

Donald Ratcliff, a professor who teaches an online course in children's spirituality, who faces charges of possession of child pornography, weapons and ammunition, is scheduled for a bond hearing Thursday, March 8. He was unable to post bond Friday morning.

with two 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.

Dan Collins, attorney for Ratcliff, requested next week's hearing in front of DuPage County Judge Elizabeth Sexton Friday morning. Officials said Ratcliff had 1,600 rounds of ammunition and the weapons were pistols. Collins said Ratcliff's weapons were "family heirlooms."

Ratcliff, who lives in Carol Stream and is a faculty member at Wheaton College, will be required to surrender the guns and ammunition until the March 8 hearing. He also will be prohibited from using computers, the internet and from having contact with anyone under 18.

Assistant State's Attorney Anne Therieau said six or seven computers were seized from Ratcliff after an undercover investigation conducted by Carol Stream police. 

Ratcliff is a professor of Christian education at Wheaton College. According to a statement fom the college, an administrative leave for Ratcliff is pending.

J. Burket March 03, 2012 at 08:49 PM
"Children are important. They are mysterious, sometimes aggravating, often loving, but always important. They are also important to God. So important that Jesus once said people cannot enter his kingdom, without being like a child." -Donald Ratcliff
MK March 03, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Exactly Jim. He was the ultimate hypocrite. That's what makes this so heinous.
justin droid March 08, 2012 at 06:17 PM
6 or 7 computers... shame on all you who accuse this man.. the da can't even get a correct number in their discovery. Guilty or not. This is already the beginning of a case where the "system" is not advocating truth.
Natalie Totire March 13, 2012 at 01:03 AM
So sad, but Jesus must have known the coming of TV and internet when He warned against hypocracy: "2 Whatever is covered up will be uncovered, and every secret will be made known.3 So then, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in broad daylight, and whatever you have whispered in private in a closed room will be shouted from the housetops." Luke 12:2-3
Jim McMahon March 13, 2012 at 02:01 AM
He should have just clung to his guns and religion.

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