ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – A Rockford Police officer has reportedly been charged with child pornography.
Joshua Grover, 45, has been placed on administrative leave, according to the Rockford Police Department. He was promoted to Detective in 2017. He has reportedly been charged with three counts of Child Pornography/Possession of Photos of a Victim Under the age of 13.
The detective was arrested at his home in Roscoe. The case is part of Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s ongoing work to apprehend offenders who download and trade child pornography online.
Investigators conducted a search of Grover’s residence, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Roscoe Police Department, and allegedly found images and movies of child pornography on his phone, according to court records. Grover was arrested after the evidence was discovered, and admitted to investigators that he had downloaded the material, according to the probable cause statement.
Grover’s next door neighbor described Grover as a family man, often seeing him taking walks with his kids, and even said she thought something had happened to the family when she saw the scene at Grover’s house Thursday morning on Charlemont Lane.
“A lot of cars, probably 20 to 25 vehicles, 2 police cars, and what I think was a swat vehicle type van,” said Shannon N. “[I felt] fear initially, worrying about something happening to the family, and just wondering what is going on, because it is not like that in this neighborhood.”
Shannon said that Grover is a great neighbor and extremely family oriented, but is now both shocked and disappointed since hearing of the child porn charges.
“Sick to my stomach that knowing, thinking you know someone.. but do not,” she said.
Grover was booked into the Winnebago County Jail on Thursday. He is currently being held with no bond. His next court date is September 24.
“It is outrageous that we have another officer charged with a criminal offense, in particular for such an egregious crime against children,” said Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara. “As a community, we are working diligently to end violence against women and children, and learning that someone within our ranks is alleged to have engaged in this behavior is heart wrenching. If found guilty, I hope he is held accountable to the fullest extent allowed by law.”
Each of Grover’s charges are punishable by up to three to seven years in prison.