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updated: 7/1/2011 11:24 AM

Addison man facing child porn charges

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  • Fernando Chavez

    Fernando Chavez


An Addison man accused of using nine aliases and email accounts to post child pornography on Facebook and other websites was ordered held Friday on $300,000 bail.

Fernando Chavez, 27, appeared in DuPage County bond call on four counts each of child pornography and aggravated child pornography. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

Assistant State's Attorney Romas Mockaitis said Chavez's arrest Thursday following a search of his home on the 100 block of South Lincoln Avenue was the culmination of an eight-month investigation by Addison police and the FBI.

Mockaitis said investigators found "20 gigabytes" of pornography depicting children ranging from 12 months to 17 years old on Chavez's computer. He said Chavez admitted he regularly posted the images on Facebook and other online social networks for six to seven years.

"He actually had nine aliases and email addresses that he was posting from," Mockaitis told Judge Michael Wolfe.

Wolfe set bail at $300,000, meaning Chavez would have to post $30,000 to bond out of the county jail. The judge ordered him to have no computer access and no contact with children should he be released.

Chavez, who was identified in court as an illegal immigrant, appears to have no recent criminal history in DuPage, according to court records.