A 19-year-old Wheaton man charged with possession of child pornography and child luring pleaded not guilty in DuPage County Court Monday morning.
Eric Pence, 19, of the 0-100 block of Circle Avenue in Wheaton turned himself in to Wheaton police Friday, Sept. 7, according to a press release from the Wheaton Police Department.
Pence pleaded not guilty to five counts of possession of child pornography, and one count of grooming, child luring and traveling to meet a minor, according to court records.
Police said he was charged after an investigation that started with a 12-year-old's parents' complaint. Pence allegedly communicated with the girl in the alleged pornography via text messages and tried to invite her to have sex, according to the Daily Herald.
A DuPage County judge on Sept. 8 ordered Pence to have no contact with anyone under 18 and to not use a computer, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Pence was booked at DuPage County Jail Sept. 7 with a $200,000 bail. He remains at the jail on $10,000 bond.
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