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Aurora man sentenced for creating child porn

Updated: April 3, 2014 6:38AM



Erik Paxton created child pornography by digitally altering a photo to place himself in a lewd picture of a naked young girl, prosecutors said Thursday as the 26-year-old Aurora man received a four-year prison sentence.

Paxton pleaded guilty to a single count of child pornography nearly two years after his arrest tied to a “Peeping Tom” investigation by Aurora police. Paxton was sentenced to four years in prison, but was given credit for 647 days in Kane County Jail. Sentencing guidelines require him to serve half of the four-year term, which, with credit, will likely make his prison stay a relatively short one.

Judge Karen Simpson also ordered Paxton to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Paxton initially faced multiple indictments charging him with child pornography, disorderly conduct and burglary after police suspected him of peering into windows to watch women and young girls.

Court records state Paxton told police he masturbated during at least one instance where he looked into a house, while also entering one home to take women’s clothing. A forensic search of Paxton’s computer turned up sexually explicit photos of children, documents show.

Assistant State’s Attorney Jody Gleason said Paxton pulled the photos off the Internet and that there was “no indication he knew any of these children” in the pictures.

“He created his own child pornography picture,” Gleason told the judge.



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