Following the arrest of Cloe, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Detectives continued a full examination of the electronics seized during the July 7th search warrant. While examining the data, sheriff’s detectives discovered Cloe had been communicating with a juvenile from California.
During their communications, Cloe requested pornographic videos and images from the girl. The girl complied with his requests and sent nude images of herself. Cloe then transmitted those images of the girl sent to other people on social media applications. Additionally, Cloe sent the California girl child pornography involving videos of children under the age if 13 engaged in sexual acts.
On September 21, 2022, sheriff’s cybercrime detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Cloe for three counts of child pornography, two being ‘Class X Felonies’ and one being a ‘Class 1 Felony.’ A Lake County Judge set bond on the warrant at $100,000.00
Cloe was arrested this morning at his residence in the 24100 block of West Grass Lake Road, Unincorporated Antioch. He remains held in the Lake County Jail pending a court appearance scheduled for this afternoon.
Sheriff John D. Idleburg said, “Our Cybercrimes Unit does a tremendous job identifying and arresting those who exploit our most vulnerable. It is so important to routinely remind your children not to communicate with those they do not personally know on social media. It is also important for the parents and guardians of our children to monitor what their children are doing, and who they are talking to on social media.”
All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Warren Township Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography (issued 7/11/22)
In March 2022, Lake County Sheriff’s detectives received information from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that child pornography was being downloaded onto a digital media device at a residence in the 16000 block of W. Jonathan Lane in Warren Township. Sheriff’s detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence. On Thursday, July 7, 2022, Sheriff’s detectives executed the search warrant at the residence.
During their search, Sheriff’s detectives seized digital media devices belonging to Anthony V. Cloe, 26, an occupant of the residence. A forensic examination was performed on the devices, and numerous videos of children under the age of 13 engaged in sexual acts with adults were discovered. Cloe was arrested following the execution of the search warrant and transported to the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s detectives reviewed the case with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, and the following charges against Cloe were approved:
Possession of Child Pornography – Three Counts (Class 2 Felony)
Cloe was placed into the custody of the Lake County Jail.
A bond hearing was held, and Cloe’s bond was set at $250,000.00 On July 8, 2022, Cloe posted the required $25,000.00 (10 percent) of the bond and he was released from custody. Cloe’s next court date is July 28, 2022 at 9:00 AM in courtroom T-020.
The public is reminded all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.