Gages Lake man charged with reproducing child pornography

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A north suburban man is facing child pornography charges after authorities searched his home Thursday and found thousands of illicit images and videos.

Jason G. Rygiel, 29, was arrested after the Lake County Cybercrimes Unit executed a search warrant at his home in the 18000 block of West Grand Drive in Gages Lake, according to a statement from the Lake County sheriff’s office.

Multiple electronic media storage devices from the home were seized, and authorities found about 1,000 images and videos identified as child pornography, the sheriff’s office said.

The investigation also determined that Rygiel reproduced several videos containing child pornography, police said.

Rygiel is charged with five counts of reproducing child pornography, each a Class X felony, the sheriff’s office said. Further investigation of the media devices seized from his home will determine if prosecutors seek additional charges.

He is being held in the Lake County Jail on a $100,000 bond and is next scheduled to appear in court Jan. 30, according to the sheriff’s office.

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