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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Bond Set at $35,000 for Man Accused of Possessing Child Pornography

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Woodridge Chief of Police Brian Cunningham announced today that bond has been set for a Woodridge man charged with possession of child pornography. John Bowery, 63 (d.o.b. 1/3/1956) of 2928 Roberts Drive, appeared in Bond Court this afternoon where bond was set at $35,000 with 10% to apply. Bowery is charged with five counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a Class 2 Felony. 

In June 2019, authorities received a tip of possible child pornography linked to an IP address in DuPage County. An investigation conducted by the Woodridge Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office led to a search warrant issued for the defendant’s address. Early this morning, authorities executed the search warrant and allegedly found images depicting child pornography on Bowery’s computer. He was taken into custody at this time and transported to the DuPage County Jail for processing. 

“The allegation that Mr. Bowery was in possession of child pornography is revolting,” Berlin said. “As I have said many times in the past, each of these disgusting images represents yet another innocent victim of child pornography. I would like to thank the Woodridge Police Department and Assistant State’s Attorney Nick Noble for their work on this case as well as for their ongoing efforts to protect our children from child pornographers.” 

“I am very happy that my officers, with assistance and guidance from the State’s Attorney’s Office, were able to do our part in securing charges against Mr. Bowery for allegedly possessing child pornography,” Cunningham said. “The young victims of child pornography cannot protect themselves from anyone involved in this filth and I am proud our department was part of the effort that resulted in today’s charges.”

Bowery’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 7, in front of Judge Liam Brennan. 

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.