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Bonds set in Naperville child porn case

Bonds set in Naperville child porn case
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January 21, 2010

By BILL BIRD wbird@scn1.com
Bonds were set Wednesday for a former music director of Roman Catholic Church parishes in Naperville and Glen Ellyn and his housemate, who are charged with storing pornographic images of children on computers in their home on Naperville's northwest side.

Associate DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Liam C. Brennan set a bond of $200,000 for Brian K. Milnikel, 45; and one of $100,000 for his roommate, Christopher F. Kontopoulos, 20. The men live at 894 Nelli Court in Naperville's Brookdale manor neighborhood.

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Brian K. Milnikel (left) and Christopher F. Kontopoulos

Doug Delaney, executive assistant to Bishop J. Peter Sartain of the Roman Catholic Church's Joliet diocese, on Wednesday confirmed Milnikel worked from July 2006 until Tuesday as music director of St. James The Apostle Church in Glen Ellyn. "His responsibilities as music director were terminated" Tuesday immediately following his arrest, Delaney said.

Milnikel also worked from August 2004 until June 2006 as associate music director of St. Raphael Church in Naperville, Delaney said. St. Raphael is at 1215 Modaff Road in the central part of the city.

Church officials "fully cooperated with the authorities" in their investigation of Milnikel, Delaney said.

"It's very unfortunate," Delaney said of the situation. Milnikel "underwent an extensive background check before he was employed at either church," which included fingerprinting, he said.

Delaney added there was "no indication of any problems (and) no arrests in the past" involving Milnikel.

Kontopoulos and Milnikel were arrested Tuesday morning, after Naperville police executed a search warrant at their home. The pair had been under investigation since last fall.

Police allegedly found pornographic videos and images of children in both men's personal computers. Both face trial on Class 3 felony charges of possession of child pornography.

Milnikel and Kontopoulos remained in custody late Wednesday afternoon in DuPage County Jail. Arraignment dates of Feb. 22 have been set for both men.

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