West suburban preschool teacher facing child porn charges

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(MAYWOOD) A west suburban man who was recently hired as a preschool teacher is facing child pornography charges.

Richard Gertler, 34, of Oak Park is charged with dissemination of child pornography and possession of child pornography, both felonies, according to a statement from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

According to prosecutors, Berwyn police began investigating Gertler after they found out he was making child pornography available for download via a file sharing program.

A search warrant executed at his home found more than 300 images of child pornography on a laptop computer.

Additionally, 25 printed photographs containing child pornography were recovered from his home, prosecutors allege.

A spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office said there is no evidence that anyone in his care was a victim.

Prosecutors would not identify the name or location of the preschool, but a LinkedIn profile lists Gertler as the owner of Daddy Day Care in Oak Park.

Judge Carol Kipperman set bond at $250,000 for Gertler on Thursday. He is next scheduled to appear in court June 25.

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