A sex offender accused of viewing child pornography at the Bloomingdale Public Library was ordered held Thursday on $500,000 bail.
Scott Baudin, 58, appeared in DuPage County bond court on six counts of child pornography possession.
Prosecutors said he came under investigation after he was seen looking at child pornography on a public computer at the library, 101 Fairfield Way.
A library worker reported the incident to a supervisor, who confronted Baudin, Assistant State's Attorney Anne Therieau said.
By then, Baudin had deleted the pornographic images, Therieau said.
Afterward, police obtained a search warrant for Baudin's apartment on the 100 block of Lakeview Lane in Bloomingdale.
During the search, Therieau said, Baudin confessed to downloading numerous child pornography images found on several discs he had thrown in the trash before officers arrived.
"The defendant admitted to the detectives that he needed help," Therieau told Judge Elizabeth Sexton in bond court.
Sexton ordered Baudin jailed on $500,000 bail, meaning he would have to post $50,000 to be released.
He has been barred from having contact with children and using a computer or any device capable of accessing the Internet.
The library also has banned him.
Baudin, who told the judge he is unemployed and lives with his mother, indicated he was unlikely to bond out.
"All I have is $3,000," he said.
Baudin is a registered sexual predator, stemming from a 1999 conviction in Cook County, where he received a six-year prison term for sexually assaulting a 6-year-old child, authorities said.
He also has prior convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol and drug paraphernalia possession, according to prosecutors.
His next court date is Aug. 26 in front of Judge Daniel Guerin.