Thursday, February 26


An assistant pastor at a northwest suburban church appeared in Cook County Court Wednesday on felony child pornography charges.

Clovis Vilchez-Parra, 34, is charged with charged with possessing and reproducing child pornography. 

"The depictions show some children that appear to be as young as 5 years old," said Lorna Amado-Chevlin, assistant state's attorney. 

Prosecutors said Vilchez-Parra - who until yesterday was an associate pastor at Mision San Juan Diego in Arlington Heights - was arrested Tuesday night at the parish home. 

"He was shown some of the images and videos that were recovered and again identified that those were in fact images and videos that he had retrieved," Amado-Chevlin said. 

Prosecutors said the images located on Vilchez-Parra's personal laptop were of children involved in various acts of sexual conduct, most under the age of 13. They said Vilchez-Parra was caught as a result of a Cook County internet crimes investigation into users of a peer-to-peer file sharing program called "Ares". 

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