August 27, 2013
Two Bolingbrook men from same apartment complex arrested, charged in serparate child porn possession cases
JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that two separate investigations by his High Technology Crimes Unit have culminated in the arrests of two Bolingbrook men who live in the same apartment complex.
One of the men had relocated to Olathe, Kansas where he was subsequently arrested and charged by Kansas authorities.
Thomas M. Fees, 52, of 14 G Fernwood, Bolingbrook is being held in the Will County Jail on three counts of possession of child pornography. He was arrested in Bolingbrook on Aug. 14. His bond was set at $200,000, which means he must post 10 percent or $20,000 to secure his release while he is awaiting trial.
Thomas J. Goforth, 33, formerly of 15 G Fernwood, Bolingbrook, was taken into custody in Kansas on charges of possession of child pornography. While he is formally charged in Kansas based upon this investigation, the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office will review the evidence to determine whether charges are warranted in Illinois as well.
The arrests are the culmination of two cooperative investigations by State’s Attorney Glasgow’s High Technology Crimes Unit, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), the U.S. Secret Service, the Bolingbrook Police Department and the Wheaton Police Department. The agencies all participated in the execution of two search warrants in separate two-month investigations into the downloading and distribution of child pornography.
State’s Attorney Glasgow’s High Technology Crimes Unit was established in 2012 and has executed more than 45 search warrants during investigations into allegations involving the downloading and trading of child pornography and in some cases the hands-on sexual abuse of children.
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.