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Child porn case filed against former NIU student

Material uncovered as police investigated man facing gun charges

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:34 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:23 p.m. CST
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Kevin Ouwenga, 29, of Tinley Park

DeKALB – A police investigation of a Northern Illinois University student found with an assault rifle in his dorm room found no evidence he was connected with militia or had planned to do anything violent on campus, NIU Police Chief Thomas Phillips said.

But police did discover suspected child pornography on a computer found in Kevin P. Ouwenga's room at New Hall West, Phillips said. Five counts of unlawful possession of child pornography recently were filed Ouwenga, 29, of Tinley Park, court records show.

Ouwenga was arrested Nov. 12 after police found a disassembled AR-15 rifle, a .40-caliber Glock handgun, ammunition and military-grade body armor inside his room, authorities have said. Ouwenga served in the Army from 2008 to 2013, and was discharged a few weeks before he began classes at NIU, police said.

Police searched Ouwenga's room after a university worker sorting mail found a package addressed to him from Primary Arms, which authorities determined contained gun parts, court records show.

Ouwenga was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a stored weapon, but NIU police asked the FBI for assistance in investigating whether Ouwenga had any other associations, Phillips said. Ouwenga allowed authorities to search his computer, which ultimately revealed child pornography, Phillips said.

"We had to send the computer out to get it analyzed; obviously that takes time," Phillips said. "After they got the images, they have to document their findings."

Both cases remain pending against Ouwenga, who is next due in court May 28. Guns are prohibited on all property controlled by NIU.

"He's no longer a student at NIU, obviously," Phillips said, "and I would not anticipate his return."

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