Naperville Police Make Arrests in Child Pornography Cases

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The Naperville Police Department recently completed two independent child pornography investigations, resulting in the arrests of two Naperville men.

On Oct. 7, 2021 the Naperville Police Department arrested Jerome Alan Vahary, 41, of the 800 block of Mt. Vernon Court, Naperville. Vahary is charged with 10 felony counts (Class X) of Child Pornography-Reproduce or Distribute-Video. This investigation was initiated in January of 2021 after the Naperville Police Department received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The subsequent investigation led to charges against Vahary in this incident.

booking photo of jerome vaharyJerome Alan Vahary

On Oct. 11, 2021 the Naperville Police Department arrested Vatsal Patel, 20, of the 900 block of Creekside Circle, Naperville. Patel is charged with four felony counts (Class 2) of Child Pornography-Possess Visual Reproduction on Computer-Victim Under 13. This investigation was initiated back in October of 2019 after the Naperville Police Department received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Again, the subsequent investigation led to charges against Patel in this incident.

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Vatsal Patel

“The Naperville Police Department will relentlessly pursue anyone engaged in such heinous acts as creating or distributing child pornography in this community,” said Interim Police Chief Jason Arres. “I want to acknowledge our investigators for doing a great job in putting these investigations together and working with the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office to bring charges against these individuals.”

The Naperville Police wish to remind the public and the news media that a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Anyone with information regarding these investigations is encouraged to contact the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6665 and ask for the Investigations Division.


About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.