Springfield man arrested in child pornography operation

A Springfield man has been charged with multiple counts of child pornography as part of a special operation of the Illinois attorney general's office.

Jeremy G. Best, 31, is charged with five counts of aggravated child pornography, a Class 2 felony punishable by up to seven years in the state prison, Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office announced Thursday.

Best is free after posting bond set at $50,000. His first court appearance is scheduled for June 12 in Sangamon County Circuit Court.

He was arrested as part of Operation Glass House, a statewide initiative Madigan launched to apprehend the most active offenders who download and trade child pornography online, according to a news release.

Working with Springfield police and the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office, the attorney genreal's office conducted a search last week of Best’s residence in the 2400 block of Old Rochester Road. He was arrested after evidence of alleged child pornography was located. Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser’s office will prosecute the case.

This is the 42nd arrest since Madigan's office launched Operation Glass House in August 2