Urbana man charged with having child porn

Urbana man charged with having child porn

URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly had pornographic images of children on his computer has been charged with possession of child pornography.

Timothy Gotsch, 54, of the 200 block of Hartle Avenue was charged with four counts of the offense alleging that he had the images on Oct. 31.

University of Illinois police Lt. Matt Myrick said the investigation into Gotsch actually started Aug. 31 when UI patrol officers saw him sitting using his laptop on the south patio of the Illini Union and could see that he was looking at apparently lewd images of girls under the age of 18.

Myrick said when the officers confronted Gotsch, he admitted to viewing suggestive images of children. Based on that admission, they took his computer for examination but did not arrest him.

Officers obtained a search warrant to analyze the computer and later found the images that led to the charges.

Myrick said Gotsch allowed officers to search his apartment Monday. He also voluntarily went that day to the UI Police Department, where he explained to police what he was doing and why.

The charges of possession of child pornography filed against Gotsch on Wednesday are Class 3 felony offenses carrying penalties upon conviction ranging from probation to two to five years in prison.

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