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Belleville man charged with seven counts of child pornography possession

Federal program targets online child predators

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was developed federally in 1998 as the number of children and teenagers using the internet increased and child sexual abuse images became available electronically, authorities say.
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The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was developed federally in 1998 as the number of children and teenagers using the internet increased and child sexual abuse images became available electronically, authorities say.

A Belleville man has been charged with seven counts of possession of child pornography.

On Friday, Richard A. Engelke Jr., 51, was charged with a Class 2 Felony for possession of child pornography on an electronic device. His bond was set at $500,000.

The charges stem from an investigation into allegations of sexual assault, in which Engelke is a person of interest. The St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s office believes that all of Engelke’s victims have been identified.

However, the sheriff’s department is requesting any adult who is concerned that a minor had unsupervised contact with the Engelke speak with the minor about their interactions and to contact the sheriff’s department.

Engelke remains in custody in the St. Clair County Jail.

Kavahn Mansouri covers government accountability for the Belleville News-Democrat, holding officials and institutions accountable and tracking how taxpayer money is spent.
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