May 3, 2013
Romeoville man charged with criminal sexual abuse, child pornography
JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that a Romeoville man has been charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual assault and child pornography.
Timothy J. Brandt, 36, of 420 Glen Ave., Romeoville was arrested Thursday following a joint investigation by the Will County State’s Attorney's High Technology Crimes Unit, the Romeoville Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service. Brandt was arrested Thursday after detectives executed a search warrant at his residence.
Brandt was charged with two counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, five counts of Aggravated Child Pornography and seven counts of Child Pornography. The Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault and Aggravated Child Pornography charges are Class X felonies that are punishable by a minimum six years in prison with no option for probation if the defendant is convicted.
The arrest was the result of a two-month investigation launched by State’s Attorney Glasgow’s High Technology Crimes Unit into the distribution of child pornography over the Internet. Detectives took possession of Brandt’s computers pursuant to the search warrant.
Brandt is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3 in Courtroom 305 of the Will County Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson St., where bond will be set.
Anyone with information regarding the arrest of Timothy J. Brandt is asked to contact Detective Paul Tuuk of the Romeoville Police Department at (815) 886-7219.
The Will County State's Attorney's Office reminds the public that charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.