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Bureau County helps in arrest

Sheriff’s department assists in child porn case

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 3:25 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 3:27 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Sheriff’s Department helped in the recent investigation into child pornography in the Quad Cities area which led to the arrest of a Moline man.

According to a press release by the Moline Police Department on Friday, the U.S. Secret Service, Bureau County Sheriff’s Department and Milan Police Department worked with the Moline Police Department in executing a search warrant, relating to child pornography, on March 21 at a Moline residence where Leonard R. Fite, 28, lived.

Upon execution of the search warrant, Fite was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

Bond was set at $250,000 for Fite, who is held in the Rock Island County Jail.

As reported earlier by WQAD News Channel 8, court records show Fite was charged in Rock Island County with one count of producing child pornography with intent to sell and two counts of producing child pornography involving a victim under the age of 13.

Since the residence was also the location of a day care, the Department of Children and Family Services is handling that investigation, Moline Police Lt. John Hitchcock stated in Friday’s press release.

The investigation is ongoing. Police are asking that anyone with further information contact the Moline Police Criminal Investigation Division at (309) 524-2140/ (309) 797-0401 or Crimestoppers at 762-9500.

On Monday, Bureau County Sheriff John Thompson said his department’s involvement in the Moline-based investigation is because of Bureau County’s involvement in the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. He had the unique opportunity to involve the sheriff’s department in the nationwide ICAC task force about a year ago. He has one officer, Trey Barker, involved in the task force. The work is primarily technology-based where Barker can see and observe people whom he has been assigned to investigate, the sheriff said.

The Bureau County Sheriff’s Department is one of many members of the ICAC task force. Barker has worked on cases from several different areas and counties. His involvement with the Moline case was requested by the U.S. Secret Service, Thompson said.

Another recent investigation in the Quad Cities area, in which a school janitor was alleged to have placed cameras in restrooms, was also the result of an ICAC investigation, Thompson added.

The ICAC program is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing more than 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecuting agencies.

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