Men will go to great lengths to get what they want, such as the case with an Alton man who decided he had to install hidden cameras at a Bethalto church to make child porn videos.
The man pleaded guilty on Friday and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Identified as David L. Von Bergen, he pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography, the Madison County state's attorney revealed.
Police said that several cameras that were hidden by Von Bergen, 60, were found in December 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church. It turns out that the cameras were placed in several locations, including in a changing area in the sacristy of the church.
An investigation conducted by computer forensics experts from the Illinois State Police determined that Von Bergen had created recordings between June and December 2015, State's Attorney Thomas D. Gibbons said in a press release.
Von Bergen was ordered by Circuit Judge Kyle Napp to pay $20,000 in restitution and also serve a 15-year sentence.
“The horribly disturbing acts of this defendant violated the trust and sanctity of his victims specifically and also the entire Zion Church family in their place of worship,” Gibbons said. “This vile person must be locked behind bars and kept there so he can no longer victimize the innocent or inflict his depravity on the good people of our community. This sentence today does just that.”