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Madigan: State's biggest child porn trader charged in Algonquin

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 10:54 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 12:03 a.m. CDT
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Robert A. Huggins (left) and David M. Wolters Photos provided by Illinois Attorney General's Office

An Algonquin man identified as the state’s biggest trader of child pornography has been charged as part of “Operation Glass House,” according to the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Robert A. Huggins, 63, was arrested Friday following a raid of his home on the 2100 block of Honey Locus Drive. He was charged with five Class X counts of reproduction of child pornography and five Class 2 counts of possession of child pornography.

A second man, David M. Wolters, 58, of Woodstock, also was arrested as part of the statewide initiative to apprehend the most active offenders who download and trade child pornography online, according to a news release.

Wolters was charged with five Class 2 counts of possession of child pornography after investigators executed a search warrant Wednesday at his home on the 1400 block of Walnut Drive.

A total of 54 arrests have now been made as part of the initiative.

“Online child pornography is a horrific crime that victimizes children each time an image is downloaded or traded,” Madigan said in a news release. “My office has been, and will continue to be, relentless in tracking down and apprehending offenders who trade these gruesome videos.”

Investigators said that child pornography was found in the homes during both searches.

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office received assistance from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and Woodstock and Algonquin police departments.

“We are appreciative of the cooperation of Attorney General Madigan’s office in helping us make this arrest and to address such a serious situation in our community,” Woodstock Police Chief Robert Lowen said.

Huggins and Wolters are currently being held at the McHenry County Jail. Wolters bond has been set at $50,000, and Huggins was scheduled to appear in court for a bond hearing Friday.

A Class X felony is punishable by a minimum six to 30 years in prison and Class 2 felony counts are punishable by three to seven years.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office will prosecute both cases.

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