Urbana man faces child porn charges

URBANA — An Urbana man on probation for sexually molesting a young girl has been charged with videotaping young girls and possessing child pornography.

Gregory P. Reed, 35, who listed an address in the 100 block of West Park Street, was arrested Friday after being charged in a warrant with aggravated child pornography, possession of child pornography, and unauthorized videotaping.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Ed Ogle said the allegation of possession of child pornography came to light last summer when Reed was investigated for a sex assault that occurred at his then rural Mahomet home in July.

He was charged then with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and ultimately pleaded guilty to that in January, admitting that he had inappropriate contact in July with a then 11-year-old girl who had come to the family home to visit. He was sentenced to four years of probation and 120 days in the county jail.

"During this investigation, we learned of a commonly used computer in the house. We were given permission by his then-wife to search it," Ogle said.

The computer was sent to the state crime lab for forensic analysis and state investigators informed the county investigators earlier this week that they had found pornographic images of children on the computer, including pictures of girls he knew whom he had videotaped in the home without their knowledge. The girls were naked and were in a room changing after swimming, Ogle said.

"He had the video saved on the computer," Ogle said.

The videotaping and possession of that video allegedly occurred in May 2010. The possession of child pornography alleges it occurred last July — the same time investigators took the computer for analysis.

The aggravated child pornography counts are Class X felonies. They carry a heavier penalty of between six and 30 years upon conviction because the alleged victims are under the age of 13.

The other counts of unauthorized videotaping and possession of child pornography are Class 3 felonies but because of his prior conviction, Reed faces an extended term if convicted, of between two and 10 years in prison.

Judge Richard Klaus set Reed's bond at $750,000. He is expected to be arraigned on the charges early next week.

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