Downers Grove man charged with owning, distributing child pornography

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A 28-year-old west suburban man was charged Wednesday with possession and distribution of child pornography.

Anthony Damaska was charged with two felony counts of dissemination of child pornography and two felony counts of possession of child pornography, according to a statement from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s Office.

In August 2015, as a part of an ongoing investigation, authorities with the Naperville Police Department located an IP address from the Downers Grove area “allegedly containing a high volume of possible child pornography downloads,” according to the statement.

Through the investigation, detectives were led to Damaska, of the 600 block of Sherman Street in Downers Grove. After executing a search warrant at his home, authorities found that he possessed thousands of images containing child pornography, according to the statement.

“Child pornography is not a victimless crime,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin said in the statement. “Every image and every video allegedly possessed by Damaska represents yet another innocent victim of child pornography.”

On Tuesday, Downers Grove police arrested Damaska at his home.

Damaska’s bond was set at $100,000. If he is able to post bond, additional conditions for his release include no contact with children under 18 and not computer of Internet access, according to the statement.

He is next scheduled to appear in court Feb. 29.

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