Witnessed with camera at Godfrey pool

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EDWARDSVILLE — A homeless man was charged Wednesday with five counts of child pornography, according to a release from Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.


Adam B. Hill, 34, was in Madison County Circuit Court Wednesday after an investigation by the sheriff’s office allegedly found Hill’s computer had downloaded several instances of child pornography.


According to the release, the sheriff’s office initially began investigating Hill after responding to a report of suspicious activity on June 30. A deputy met with the complainant who observed a subject slowly driving by a private swim club in the 3100 block of Greenwood Lane in Godfrey appearing to videotape children at the pool.


The complainant provided the deputy with a description of the subject and his vehicle, as well as the vehicle registration, which returned to Hill.


The responding deputy determined during his investigation that Hill was homeless, but frequented a friend’s home on Prairie Street in Godfrey. At approximately 3:30 p.m. on June 30, the deputy located Hill at the Prairie Street home, the release said.


Hill was cooperative and provided the deputy with a camera that was inside of his vehicle. A subsequent search of Hill’s vehicle resulted in the seizure of a suspected cannabis pipe. Hill was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, the release said.


The investigating deputy also seized a computer, owned by Hill. That computer was forensically analyzed. The analysis resulted in the discovery of multiple videos and images of child pornography, the release said. All of the child pornography discovered appeared to have been downloaded from the Internet.


The release said that at this time of the investigation, there is no indication that there are any local victims.


Hill was detained in the Madison County Jail pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.


The felony warrant and information was issued by the Honorable Judge James Hackett, who set Hill’s bond at $150,000. Hill remains in the custody of the Madison County Jail.

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