Accused Child Pornographer Caught In Quad Cities
The Illinois Attorney General says a new state initiative to crack down on serial child pornographers is working.
Operation Glass House made it's first arrest for for predatory criminal sexual assault and production of child pornography and it's in the Quad Cities.
Randy Bazer, 25, of Rock Island is being held on $1 million bond after being charged with 12 Class X offenses, including six counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and six counts of aggravated child pornography. Each Class X predatory sexual assault offense is punishable by a sentence of six to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), and each offense of aggravated child pornography is punishable by six to 30 years served in IDOC.
Rock Island Police Bazer was arrested on November 22 at his home in Rock Island.
To track child pornographers online, investigators use the unique identifier that each computer is assigned when it accesses the Internet, known as an Internet protocol (IP) address. In the last 60 days, 3,154 Illinois IP addresses were seen trading child pornography images and videos across the state by Attorney General's office investigators.
Operation Glass House is an initiative to find and arrest the worst child pornographers in Illinois. In the first year of Operation Glass House, Madigan's investigations revealed a disturbing trend of offenders trading extremely violent videos of children - often infants and toddlers - being raped. As part of its second year, Operation Glass House is focusing on targeting offenders seen trading and watching extremely violent videos involving young children. Bazer is the 28th arrest in Operation Glass House.