Yates City man arrested on child pornography charges

By WEEK Reporter

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM CDT

YATES CITY, Ill. -- A Yates City man was arrested Thursday on multiple child pornography charges.

Authorities arrested Kevin Martin, 54, at his residence on the 600 block of Dixon Street. His home was searched and he was arrested after evidence of alleged child pornography was found.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the arrest was part of Operation Glasshouse, an initiative designed to arrest Illinois' most active child pornography offenders. Martin's arrest is the 46th arrest since the initiative's launch in 2010.

“Possessing or distributing child pornography is a horrific crime. Every time an image of a child being sexually assaulted is viewed, it perpetuates the initial offense and further scars these innocent victims,” Madigan said.

Martin is charged with four Class X counts of distribution of child pornography, punishable by six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

He has also been charged with four additional Class 1 counts of distribution of child pornography, punishable by four to 15 years in the IDOC, three Class 2 counts of possession of child pornography, punishable by three to seven years, and one Class 3 count of possession of child pornography with a possibility of two to five years in prison.

Martin appeared in bonding court Friday afternoon. His bond was set at $500,000. He is currently being held in Knox County Jail and his next court date is August 5 at 11 a.m.