Vice president of ‘KidsMatter’ nonprofit arrested on child pornography charges

WHEATON, Ill. — An Illinois man who served as vice president of a children’s nonprofit outside of Chicago was arrested on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

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Erich Kroll, 49, was arrested Wednesday after deputies with the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at his home and found child pornography on his computer, deputies said in a news release.

“The allegations against Mr. Kroll are very disturbing,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement. “What I find particularly troubling about these allegations is the fact that Mr. Kroll currently serves as Vice President of the Board for KidsMatter. I would like to stress, however, that the allegations against Mr. Kroll are in no way affiliated with KidsMatter.”

At a bail hearing Wednesday, DuPage County prosecutor Amanda Meindl said Kroll admitted to investigators that he had downloaded child pornography and shared it in chatrooms as well, The Daily Herald reported.

Kroll was ordered to be held on $150,000 bond.

In a statement to WLS-TV, KidsMatter said, “When the board became aware of the charges Wednesday, KidsMatter’s board called a meeting and voted to remove Erich Kroll from his volunteer position as vice president of the board. Mr. Kroll’s volunteer efforts were primarily in a fundraising role not a programming role for the organization.”