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updated: 4/23/2014 9:23 PM

Mount Prospect man charged with child pornography

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Bond was set at $125,000 Wednesday for a Mount Prospect man charged with possession of child pornography.

Thomas Perry, 68, of the 1100 block of Boxwood Drive, faces one felony count after police said he downloaded numerous pornographic images of children under the age of 13 onto his home computer.

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The investigation began after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding the child porn images. That launched a joint investigation by the Mount Prospect Police and the Cook County State's Attorney's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

After confirming that Perry was either sending or receiving child pornography via his personal email account, police searched Perry's home, seized his computer, conducted forensic tests and found the images.

"The complexity of cases involving technology and child pornography like this one require a significant investment of time and effort by our specially trained investigators," Mount Prospect Deputy Chief Timothy Janowick said in a statement. "The Mount Prospect Police Department appreciates the cooperative nature between law enforcement agencies to share information, particularly in sensitive exploitation cases such as this one involving innocent children."

Perry was arrested Monday and appeared before Judge Joseph Cataldo in a Rolling Meadows courtroom Wednesday.

Police continue to investigate whether further charges are warranted. None of the images appear to be from children local to Mount Prospect or surrounding area, police said.

Perry could not be reached for comment. His next court date is May 15.

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