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Channahon man arrested on child porn charge

Steven Long
Steven Long

CHANNAHON – A Channahon man was arrested Friday as part of a continuing child pornography investigation.

Steven Long, 36, was taken into custody shortly before 6 a.m. after police used a search warrant to enter his home in the 2700 block of West Hemlock Road. Police Chief Jeff Wold said while Long's residence is in the Grundy County portion of the village, the investigation started with the Will County High Tech Crimes Unit.

Will County State's Attorney's Office spokesman Charles Pelkie said investigators learned Long was downloading and trading child pornography and informed Channahon police.

During the search, investigators used Cache, the Labrador trained to detect chemicals used in electronic storage devices.

"Cache found an encrypted external hard drive that was not in plain view," Pelkie said.

"Computer equipment was seized during the search and will undergo forensic examination," Wold said. Channahon police had no prior contact with Long.

Long was arrested on one count of possession of child pornography and booked into the Grundy County jail.

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