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updated: 5/9/2014 12:52 PM

State wants former Naperville YMCA worker committed after prison release

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    Erik Paxton


Authorities want a 26-year-old Aurora peeping Tom and former Naperville YMCA worker held indefinitely after his release from prison on child pornography charges.

Erik Paxton, formerly of the 100 block of Rosedale Drive, admitted to investigators he spied on girls he supervised at the YMCA and fantasized about prepubescent girls, according to Kane County court records.

A psychologist report in support of the state's effort to have him declared a Sexually Violent Person and committed to the state's Department of Human Services until he's fit to re-enter society details Paxton's admissions to Aurora police investigators after his arrest in May 2012 on charges of spying on girls in Aurora, stealing underwear from homes and possession of child pornography.

Investigators found child pornography on Paxton's computer, along with "huge collections" of downloaded pictures of dead children, information on the use of chloroform and a "large collection" of female underwear, according to court documents.

Paxton had numerous images on his cellphone of preteen girls he supervised at the YMCA Safe and Sound program at an Aurora school.

Paxton said the photos were to help him remember children's names, but later admitted going to the homes of two 11-year-old girls in the program in April 2012 in an attempt to spy on them and see them naked, according to the report.

"He went to the homes of two of the female children from the YMCA and looked into their window. He reported sexual fantasies involving these children. He held young female children in his lap and reported sexual arousal to this," read part of the report from Dr. Angeline Stanislaus, a psychiatrist.

"The combination of the death-related pictures found on his computer and the statements he made to investigators make it highly likely that he has sexual sadistic interest," Stanislaus continued.

Paxton pleaded guilty to child pornography charges earlier this year and was sentenced to four years in prison. He had his sentence halved for good behavior and received credit for 21 months in Kane County jail while charges were pending.

Paxton is supposed to be released from prison Saturday, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. A Kane County judge this week ruled there was probable cause to have Paxton held by the state's Department of Human Services while the attorney general's office moves to have him declared a Sexually Violent Person.

Under a 1998 law, a defendant can be held indefinitely by the Department of Human Services if the defendant has committed a sex crime, is diagnosed with a mental disorder, and a jury finds it "substantially probable" to reoffend.

Paxton is next due in court June 11.

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