School employee charged in child porn case

September 29, 2011 9:01:20 PM PDT
Parents concerned about a school employee charged with transporting child pornography are asking police for more protection for their children.

Nathan Arger, 32, works part time with the television and radio station at Lyons Township High School in west suburban La Grange. He is charged with transporting child pornography. The charges do not involve any Lyons students or technical equipment, according to the FBI.

The feds says it traced more than 1,700 photos to Arger through an Internet network and on his home computer, including images that the feds say showed Arger with two girls.

"What do you say about it? He made a mistake. He has a problem. And that's the way it is. It's in the court's hands now," said Daniel Arger, suspect's father.

Authorities say Arger is out on bond, on home confinement, and wearing an ankle monitor.

For parents, that's not enough. They want more police protection.

"It's a very unsettling, scary feeling," said parent Amy Wiginton, who lives across the street from Arger. "I just want people to feel safe. I don't want there to be this threat of somebody dangerous that preys on young children, because there are a ton of young children around here."

"I don't blame them for being upset. They've got young kids. I would imagine they're upset," said Daniel Arger.

Parents are so upset they rallied to have a meeting with La Grange Park officials Thursday night. They asked for more police patrols, especially since there are three schools within six blocks of Arger's home.

"We're going to accept their constructive comments and try and make them feel safe because, after all, they pay taxes for that and we're committed to making sure they do feel safe," said Police Chief Daniel McCollum.

"Eventually, it's all up to us. We need to do the best job we can to be vigilant, to look at what's going on in our community and pay attention," said Sheila Nunez, La Grange Park resident.

Arger is expected to be back in court next month. If he's convicted of transporting child pornography, he must spend at least five years in prison.

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