James Sonntag

James Sonntag


James Sonntag, the Morgan Park man found guilty of possession of child pornography earlier this fall, was sentenced on Nov. 25 to 180 days in jail.

Judge Colleen Hyland, who presided over Sonntag’s bench trial in August, handed down the sentence at the Fifth Municipal District Courthouse in Bridgeview.

Sonntag will also be on probation for 36 months and be required to undergo random drug and alcohol testing.

He cannot reside within 500 feet of a school, and he must register as a sex offender for life.

Sonntag was convicted on three of 12 counts in September.

In finding him guilty, Hyland pointed him to admitting to Evergreen Park police after he was arrested in June 2016 that they would find “kid sh—“ on his computer and saying he had “a morbid curiosity” in child pornography.

Sonntag’s bond was revoked after his conviction and he has been in custody since.

Sonntag was 43 when he was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography videos and photos, with some including children under 13 years old.

Some files were found on his computer hard drive.

Prosecutors argued that evidence showed that he had deleted other files, but he was found not guilty on nine counts due to Hyland citing a Safe Harbor provision that clears people of wrongdoing if they unintentionally download child pornography but delete it in a reasonable amount of time.

Sonntag was arrested in his backyard, and he led authorities to a computer in his basement, where a file-sharing program used to download the files was found being used.