JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that aggravated child pornography charges were filed against a Romeoville man on Thursday.
Jason C. Horton, 33, of 1613 Ashbury Lane, Romeoville, was charged with five counts of aggravated child pornography. The charges are all Class 2 Felonies that carry a potential penalty of up to seven years in prison upon conviction.
Horton was arrested on Wednesday at his house following a two-month investigation conducted by the Will County State’s Attorney’s High Technology Crimes Unit, the Illinois Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force Chicago, the Romeoville Police Department and the Naperville Police Department’s High Technology Crimes Unit.
Horton was taken into custody after a search warrant was served on his house. Investigators seized three computers during the execution of the warrant. The investigation is ongoing.
Horton appeared in court on Thursday where bond was set at $400,000. He must post 10 percent or $40,000 to secure his release while awaiting trial. He is scheduled to appear in court next at 9 a.m. April 4 in Courtroom 405 of the Will County Courthouse for preliminary hearing or arraignment.
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.