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Crime & Courts

Police: DeKalb man found with child porn

Crime Mugs, Sept. 2013

DeKALB – A 35-year-old DeKalb man who amassed thousands of images of child pornography allegedly shared some of them with an undercover police officer online, according to court records.

Michael P. Seglem, of the 400 block of South Seventh Street, was charged with five counts of possession of child pornography with the intent to disseminate, a felony typically punishable with between six and 30 years in prison. He remained in DeKalb County Jail on Tuesday, unable to post 10 percent of his $100,000 bond.

The case was the ninth child pornography case a Sycamore police detective has handled since joining the Illinois Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children task force in February, Sycamore police Sgt. Rod Swartzendruber said.

The detective's work has led to the arrest of three DeKalb residents and a Sycamore resident, plus he's referred four other child pornography cases to outside agencies, Swartzendruber said. He's partnering with federal authorities in another investigation involving a Sycamore resident that remains ongoing.

In Seglem's case, the detective used a file-sharing Internet site to download pornographic material of girls younger than 13; the material was traced back to Seglem's address, court records show.

Then, DeKalb police found child pornography on Seglem's computer when they searched his home Tuesday, and Seglem admitted to having more than 200 videos and thousands of images, court records show.

Seglem is next due in court Oct. 17.

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