PARK RIDGE MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY POSSESSION
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
— A 47-year-old man has been arrested after an investigation uncovered more than 1,000 images of child pornography in his possession, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.
Albert Galus, of Park Ridge, was taken into custody on Dec. 16 at his home. A Cook County Grand Jury indicted him last week on 16 counts of aggravated possession of child pornography, which denotes possession of images/videos of children under 13 years of age, and nine counts of possession of child pornography.
Galus, a former tutor for middle school and high school students, received $100,000 bond during a hearing today at the Skokie Courthouse. He was also ordered on electronic monitoring if he posts bond.
The investigation began in December 2011 after Galus took his computer in for repair. The technician working on the computer discovered a video of child pornography and contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, conducted the investigation. A forensic examination on Galus’ computer found more than 1,000 images and videos of child pornography, including some that depicted children under the age of 13.
Galus’ next court date is scheduled for Dec. 31 at the Skokie courthouse.
Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.