Spring Grove man charged with child pornography possession

A Spring Grove man has been charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, the Illinois Attorney General's Office said.

Edward Marshall, 48, was charged as part of Operation Glass House, a statewide initiative to apprehend the most active offenders who download and trade child pornography online, according to a news release.

Marshall's bond on Thursday was set at $3,000.

“Child pornography is not a victim-less crime,” Attorney General Lisa Madigan said. “Every file posted online depicts a child, sometimes just months old, being sexually abused. This crime destroys the lives of these innocent victims and is only further perpetuated when it spreads online.”

Marshall is one of 64 people charged as part of Operation Glass House, which started in 2010, to investigate offenders trading child pornography online, the news release said.

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office assisted in the apprehension of Marshall.

“We need to remain vigilant and continue to work together in our ongoing effort to protect our children,” said McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren.