Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office announced Thursday that a Waukegan man was arrested as part of Operation Glass House, a statewide initiative to crack down on those who download and trade child pornography online.
Rudolph Giovanny Dalpiaz-Cruz, 27, is being held in the Lake County jail on $50,000 bond. He was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, a felony punishable by three to seven years in prison.
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"Child pornography is an unspeakable crime that has very real consequences. Every time an image of an infant or toddler being raped is viewed, it perpetuates the initial crime, further scaring these young, innocent victims," Madigan said. "My office will continue to be relentless in targeting these offenders."
Madigan's investigators, with the assistance of Waukegan police and the Lake County state's attorney's office, conducted a search Wednesday of Dalpiaz-Cruz's residence on the 1300 block of Golf Road in Waukegan. Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim's office will prosecute the case.
"Child pornography has many victims. We will continue to proudly work with Attorney General Madigan's office in a joint effort to aggressively seek out and prosecute these cases," said Nerheim.
This is the 41st arrest since Madigan launched Operation Glass House in August 2010.
In its first year, offenders were caught trading extremely violent videos of young children being raped. As a result, Operation Glass House has focused on apprehending offenders who are seen trading and watching extremely violent videos involving children, including infants and toddlers.