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updated: 4/1/2011 4:08 PM

LITH teen indicted for child porn

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  • Joseph J. Szykowny-Biegel

    Joseph J. Szykowny-Biegel


The arraignment for a Lake in the Hills teenager charged with child pornography is scheduled for April 6 in McHenry County court.

Joseph J. Szkykowny-Biegel, 18, of the 0-100 block of Rochelle Court, was arrested at 5:45 a.m. Feb. 24 at his home and charged with two counts of child pornography and two counts of aggravated child pornography, Lake in the Hills police said.

Szykowny-Biegel was indicted March 30 by a McHenry County grand jury. He was released from McHenry County jail Feb. 25 after posting the required 10 percent bail set at $40,000.

The arrest was the result of an investigation initiated by Huntley police, which is part of the Internet crime against children task force, said Lake in the Hills Police Chief of Support Services Mary Frake. The Attorney General's office also assisted, she said.

Several images of child pornography were found on Szykowny-Biegel's computer, where the images had been sent to and from, she said.

The children pictured were not known to Szykowny-Biegel, she said. "They are known, identified child pornography images from a database that the Attorney General has identified," she said.

Huntley first notified Lake in the Hills on Feb. 8 that the exchange of child pornography was taking place, Frake said. "We worked together in identifying the individual and the search warrant was obtained," she said.

McHenry County Assistant State's Attorney Patrick Kenneally said that if found guilty of aggravated child pornography, a Class 2 felony, Szykowny-Biegel could be sentenced to three to seven years in prison, or up to 30 months of probation and up to 180 days in jail. Child pornography is a Class 3 felony with a possible 2- to 5-year prison sentence, or the same probationary period and jail time, he said.