Retired Aurora high school teacher faces child pornography charges

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Robert L. James , 1600 block of Garfield Ave., Aurora

Robert L. James , 1600 block of Garfield Ave., Aurora

A retired West Aurora High School teacher faces criminal charges for possessing multiple images of child pornography.

Robert L. James, of the 1600 block of Garfield Ave., Aurora, was taken into custody by Aurora Police on Thursday and charged with two counts of producing child pornography, six counts of possession of child pornography, indecent solicitation of a child and sexual exploitation of a child.

According to a statement from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office, sometime before Aug. 14, 2015, James, 61, allegedly produced multiple images of child pornography, and has been in possession of multiple photographic images depicting children younger than 13 years old.

Authorities alleged that before Aug. 14, 2015, James exposed himself to a child he knew and solicited a sexual act from that child, who was younger than 13 at the time.

James appeared in Kane County bond court on Friday with bail was set at $300,000. His next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Jan. 15 before Circuit Judge John A. Barsanti in Courtroom 319 at the Kane County Judicial Center.

The State’s Attorney’s office said if James posts bond, he is to have no contact with anyone younger than 18 years old.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information about this case should call their local police department, the Aurora Police Dept. at (630) 256-5500 or the Kane County Child Advocacy Center at (630) 208-5160.

If convicted of the most serious charge, James would face a minimum sentence of six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. In addition to the prison term, James would have to register for life as a sexual offender in accordance with the Illinois Sexual Offender Registration Act.





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