Robert Thorton

Previous Conviction:

  • Offender’s age at conviction: 32
  • Victim Age: 14

A Millbrook man, who has been in custody since mid-April, was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after being convicted of possession of child pornography.

Robert Thorton, 39, of the 0-99 block of North Hudson Street, a registered sex offender, was charged after an investigation by the Kendall County sheriff’s office found multiple images of child pornography on his computer.

In a search of his home, Kendall sheriff’s investigators seized computers, hard drives and other computer equipment. Prosecutors said they found hundreds of other photographs and video clips showing minor children engaged in sex acts with other minor children or adults.

Kendall State’s Attorney Eric Weis said some of the photographs containing minor children have been identified from a nationwide law enforcement database. Weis said many of these images are seen over and over again in different law enforcement investigations and help police and prosecutors identify the age of the minor children which would ultimately need to be proved in court.

“Without knowing where these offenders obtain these graphic, disturbing images, we are fortunate to have a nationwide law enforcement database, where investigators can check images against the database material and verify that the child in the photograph or video is a minor,” Weis said.

“Without such a database, our effort to prove an unknown individual was a child could be much more difficult.”

Weis said there was no evidence that any of the minor children were local residents. Thorton will be required to serve one year of mandatory supervised release after his five-year sentence.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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