The Bolingbrook man caught with more than 200,000 files of child pornography is being held on $250,000 bail in Will County Jail today.
Aaron Riley, 55, of 535 Spruce Rd., was arrested Tuesday and charged with 10 counts of aggravated child pornography, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in prison.
Riley's defense requested $20,000 bail, citing Riley's non-criminal background and ties to the community—Riley has a wife of 31 years and three children and is a 19-year employee of Tellabs Inc.
But a Will County judge said the nature of Riley's charges warranted the $250,000, meaning Riley would have to post $25,000 to get out of jail.
If Riley does post bond, he will not be allowed to come into contact with children 18 years of age and younger that aren't related to him and will not be allowed to operate a computer except for work-related purposes.
Prosecutors said police entered Riley's home at 6 a.m. on Tuesday where they arrested Riley after finding child pornography that Riley admitted to viewing, burning and sharing.
After questioning, Riley refused to write a letter of apology to the children, prosecutors said.
Riley was tracked through his Internet protocol (IP) address, which showed a high volume of child pornography trading.
"It was my understanding that when (police) went in to Mr. Riley's home, there was a room downstairs that was floor-to-ceiling child pornography," said Attorney General Lisa Madigan at a press conference Tuesday. "Sometimes we find more computers, but I believe that there is no home that we have gone into that has had more visible nor larger collection of child pornography at this point."
Riley's arrest is the tenth under Madigan's newest initiative that focuses on finding and arresting the worst child pornographers in the state. Since Aug. 27, more than 8,000 IP addresses have been seen trading child pornography images or videos.
Riley is due back in court Oct. 27.