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Friday, January 19, 2018
Former Teacher Sentenced To Ten Years For Possession Of Child Pornography
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Glendale Heights Chief of Police Douglas Flint announced today that a former Cook County elementary school teacher has been sentenced to ten years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for possessing child pornography. Andrew Clarke, 29 (d.o.b. 5/2/1988) of 179 Golfview, Glendale Heights, entered a plea of guilty to two counts of Possession of Child Pornography (Class 2 Felony) this afternoon in front of Judge John Kinsella, who handed down the sentence. Clarke, who was out on bond after posting $20,000 of his $200,000 bond, was immediately taken into custody following today’s court appearance.
In January 2016, as part of an ongoing investigation into the possession and dissemination of child pornography, authorities with the Illinois Children’s Advocacy Centers, with assistance from the Elmhurst and Glendale Heights Police Departments, identified a computer in DuPage County that was downloading files containing child pornography. Through the course of their investigation, detectives were led to Clarke where it was discovered that he was in possession of images containing child pornography. Authorities also learned during their investigation that while Clarke was employed as a teacher, he videotaped himself masturbating into the shoes of children whom were students at the school where he worked. He would then leave the shoes at the school for the children to claim upon their return. Of the images Clarke possessed, none of them contain images from children at the school where Clarke was previously employed.
“Child pornography is not a victimless crime and what occurred in this case is beyond disgusting,” Berlin said. “Every time one of these images is downloaded or shared on the Internet, child pornography claims another young, innocent victim. To protect these innocent victims, my office stands ready to vigorously prosecute any allegations of child pornography. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Jennifer Lindt and Kristin Johnston for their work on this case as well as the Elmhurst and Glendale Heights Police Departments and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office for their continuing efforts to protect our children from child pornographers.”
“I would like to thank the Elmhurst Police Department as well as the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for their cooperative efforts in bringing a successful prosecution against this child pornographer,” Chief Flint said.
Clarke’s will be required to serve 50% of his sentence before being eligible for parole. In addition, he will also be required to register for life as a sex offender once he is released. Clarke was sentenced to five years on each count with the sentences to run consecutively.