Crime & Courts

Mokena man charged with child pornography

More charges possible after analysis of digital media items, police said

A Mokena man was hit with a child pornography charge after Will County sheriff’s detectives located electronic media in his home that they found were of evidentiary value, police said.

The investigation that led to the arrest of James Kasal, 63, began in February after the Illinois Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to a Will County Sheriff’s Office news release.

“The tip alleged that an unknown user had uploaded a known child pornography video to a social media platform,” police said.

Detectives with the sheriff’s office were able to obtain enough information from their investigation to secure a warrant to search Kasal’s residence.

On Wednesday, detectives executed the search warrant at Kasal’s home and he was taken into custody without incident, police said.

“Numerous items of electronic media were located at the residence, which contained items of evidentiary value,” police said.

Kasal was interviewed by detectives and he made “incriminating statements,” police said.

“Additional charges are possible, pending a forensic analysis of the digital media items,” police said.

This year, sheriff’s detectives have arrested three other men in the Lincoln-Way area on child pornography charges.

Michael Kennedy, 25, of Frankfort, Ian Knutsen, 20, of New Lenox, and Joseph Balding, 30, of New Lenox, each face charges of child pornography. Their cases remain pending in court.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News