LaGrange Park man pleads guilty to child pornography charges
Updated: September 10, 2012 6:14AM
CHICAGO — Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 2 for a LaGrange Park man who pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges of transporting and possessing hundreds of images of child pornography.
Nathan Arger, 32, of 538 Spring Ave., entered his plea before Judge Amy St. Eve and was taken into federal custody, said Randall Samborn, assistant U. S. Attorney and public information officer.
In the plea agreement, Arger admitted transporting at least a hundred images over the Internet July 28, 2011. In 2010, he began downloading images and videos on his personal computer and trading them through an online file-sharing program, according to the document.
Arger had about 66,895 images and 2,943 videos of children who were exploited and molested, the plea agreement said.
The charge carries a prison term of five to 20 years and a maximum fine of $250,000. The plea agreement spells out various factors estimating the sentence at 12 to 15 years, but the term will be determined Nov. 2.
Until Arger entered the guilty plea, he had remained under home confinement with an electronic monitoring device on his ankle following his arrest by FBI agents Sept. 22.
At the time of his arrest, Arger was a part-time employee at Lyons Township High School in La Grange, where he worked as a non-faculty staff member with the school’s radio and television stations.
There are no allegations he engaged in any illegal activity involving students or the school’s technology equipment, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
The high school issued a statement alerting faculty, staff and parents of the arrest without naming the employee, who worked part-time after school, evenings and weekends for one year. Arger was placed on unpaid leave pending investigation and his access was disabled to district technology and facilities, according to the high school’s statement.
LT Community Relations Director Jennifer Bialobok had said Arger, as a part-time employee, was required to pass a criminal background check before being hired.
The plea agreement showed Arger had no prior criminal history.