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Crime & Courts

More charges filed in Shabbona child porn case

Todd A. Kornoski
Todd A. Kornoski
Crime Mugs for August, 2013

SYCAMORE – A dozen new criminal charges were leveled Tuesday against a West Chicago photographer accused of repeatedly having a 17-year-old Shabbona girl send him nude photographs of herself.

Todd A. Kornoski, 37, of the 1100 block of Lillian Lane, was charged with 11 counts of solicitation of child pornography and one count of unlawful grooming. Kornoski was arrested on a single county of solicitation Friday afternoon, when authorities also searched his home and seized electronic equipment.

“We still have a lot to go through to see if there’s additional victims,” DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie said. “We’ll go from there.”

The alleged incidents happened between Jan. 26 and Friday and involved the same girl, Dumdie said. Four charges stem from alleged incidents July 30. The more serious charge, solicitation of child pornography, is a felony punishable up to 15 years in prison.

Kornoski operated Ashley’s Realm out of his home, Dumdie said. According to the business’s website, Kornoski offered wedding, family and boudoir photography. The alleged victim is a former client of his, and her parents notified police after a July 30 incident.

In light of the new charges, Kornoski’s bond was increased to $500,000, which requires posting $50,000 while the case is pending.

Police ask anyone with information related to the case to call the sheriff’s office at 815-895-2155 and ask to speak with a detective.

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