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Wheeling man charged with child pornography
By Sheila Ahern | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 7/31/2009 6:06 PM

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A Wheeling man has been charged with making child pornography involving a girl who appears to be about five years old, according to the Chicago office of U.S. Immigration and Customs.

The man, Darrick Boroczk, 32, of Wheeling, was charged Thursday in a criminal complaint for enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography.

According to the complaint, the investigation into Boroczk began after immigration agents executed a search warrant on April 16 at a residence in New Castle, Pa., during which thousands of sexually explicit images of children were seized.

The Pennsylvania State Police assisted in a forensic review of the images and noticed that one of the videos showed the face of a white male sexually exploiting a young girl who appeared to be about five years old. The Illinois State Police subsequently identified Boroczk as the male in the video.

Boroczk took the explicit videos and photos on Nov. 10, 2006, according to the criminal complaint.

"Sexual predators who victimize children, among our most vulnerable citizens, must know that we will not rest until they are brought to justice," James Gibbons, acting special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Chicago, said in a news release. "These crimes are devastating to the victims. Simply put, we have an obligation to protect those who cannot protect themselves."

If convicted, Boroczk faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum penalty of 30 years.