Illinois police search for victims after discovering disturbing child porn case

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WATERLOO, IL (KPLR) - The Monroe County Illinois Sheriff says it`s the worst case of child porn he`s every seen. Thousands of images were confiscated by detectives.

The suspect was out on bond from Perry County Illinois for child molestation when these child porn charges were filed here at the Monroe County courthouse. Benjamin Harbaugh, 25, is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography a class 2 felony.

The Sheriff wants to know if there may be other victims. He's asking any parent whose children came in contact with the suspect to give the sheriff a call.

If convicted Harbaugh could be sentenced to 70 years in prison. Authorities say people who are close to the suspect, including family members, gave evidence to Sheriff`s investigators that led to a search of the home where Harbaugh was staying.

"There may be other charges after the interview yesterday. It is definitely a very disturbing case when you look at the evidence. These are type of individuals, we are actively and currently seeking, that are in this area in Monroe County," said Sheriff Neal Rohlfing.

Harbaugh made his $100,000 bond Thursday. The Sheriff and others are working to get the bond revoked and put him behind bars for the alleged crimes in Monroe and Perry County.