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posted: 8/7/2012 12:05 PM

Prosecutors: Carol Stream man kept child porn stash in safe

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  • Seth J. Parsons.

      Seth J. Parsons.

 

A Carol Stream man was charged after police searched his apartment and found his child pornography collection stashed in a safe, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Seth Parsons, 27, of the 500 block of Gundersen Drive, appeared in DuPage County bond court on four counts of aggravated child pornography.

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Prosecutors said Parsons had discs containing about 37 child pornography videos -- many involving children younger than 13 -- hidden in a safe inside his apartment. Carol Stream police found the safe while executing a search warrant that resulted from an online undercover investigation.

"He admitted on video and in writing to possessing and viewing those images and videos," Assistant State's Attorney Romas Mockaitis said in court.

If convicted of all counts, Parsons could face a maximum 28 years in prison under a 2011 law change that beefed up consequences for those convicted of multiple aggravated child pornography offenses.

DuPage County Judge Elizabeth Sexton set bail at $150,000, meaning Parsons would have to post $15,000 to be released from jail. Parsons, who has no criminal history, told the judge he works in sales and resides alternately in Detroit and Carol Stream.

Sexton barred Parsons from using a computer or having contact with minors while his case is pending. His next court date is Aug. 20 before Judge George Bakalis.

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