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Suspect in child pornography investigation appears in court

Bond set at $125,000 for Princeton man

Nicholas S. Bouslog
Nicholas S. Bouslog

PRINCETON — A registered sexual predator appeared before a Bureau County judge Friday, charged with two Class X felonies for possessing and disseminating child pornography.

Nicholas S. Bouslog, 39, of Princeton was charged as a result of an Illinois State Police investigation, which began in December. If convicted, he faces a base sentencing range of 6-30 years in prison.

Bureau County Assistant State’s Attorney Thomas Briddick laid out the facts presented to the grand jury Thursday during a bond hearing.

According to Briddick’s report, state police were notified in December by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that pornographic images of girls under age 13 were disseminated by Bouslog’s phone through the app Snapchat.

During a search warrant executed at his home Thursday, investigators found on Bouslog’s phone hundreds of images of child pornography and at least 50 videos depicting children under age 13. Two of the children have been identified as being “local,” Briddick said. An investigation to determine whether any of the other children are from the area continues.

Briddick disclosed that Bouslog admitted to state police to possessing and sending the images to others.

This is not Bouslog’s first brush with the law. He was convicted in 2012 of two charges of Class 4 grooming and is a registered sexual predator as a result. In 2002, he was convicted in California for having sex with a person more than three years younger than he.

Briddick requested bond of $250,000, with 10 percent required for the defendant to be released from jail, at which time a weeping Bouslog begged the judge to show him mercy, saying his family couldn’t afford to bail him out.

Bureau County Public Defender Ray Nolasco requested bond be set at $100,000 due to the defendant’s financial circumstances. Nolasco said Bouslog does not work and has only his spouse as a source of income.

Bond was ultimately set at $125,000 by Bureau County Judge C.J.Hollerich, who didn’t take lightly to the defendant’s request. Bouslog will need to post 10 percent to be released from jail.

“I don’t like to get in this circumstance where the defendant starts begging me about bail,” Hollerich admonished. “I have a lot of factors to consider here.”

Hollerich said based on the defendant having no job or income, he should be able to be released on his own recognizance, however, given the circumstances of his past convictions, that wasn’t going to happen.

Bouslog asked his attorney before being escorted back to the jail how he could appeal for a lower bond.

A trial date is scheduled for May 11.

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