Arrest For Possession of Child Pornography

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Arrest For Possession of Child Pornography

Michael T. Hughes
1607 Rickey Drive
Joliet, IL

D.O.B. 03/20/79

Charges: 6 Counts Possession of Child Pornography

On February 18, 2015 the Will County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into a complaint of Child Pornography.  As the result of the investigation by the Will County Sherriff’s Investigations Division and the Will County Sheriff’s High Tech Crime Unit, images of child pornography were retrieved from the cell phone of Michael T. Hughes of Joliet.    Michael T. Hughes is currently incarcerated at the Will County Adult Detention Facility and charged with 6 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.  Bond was set at $200,000 (10% to apply).     –end-  


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In order to assist the public with easy access in communicating with the Will County Sheriff's Office we have added a new Online Form Section to our website.  The public now has several helpful tools available to them to assist with their needs as well as assisting our department.

In addition to our Crime Tips, House Watch Request, Contact us, and Online Reporting forms, we have added a request form that relates to the IL statutue for Freedom of Information (FOIA) and a Compliment/Complaint Form.  This form was developed with hopes of assisting the Sheriff's Office with their commitment to transparency and professionalism.

We invite the public to visit our website at


Illinois Sheriff's Association Scholarship

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The Illinois Sheriffs' Association announces that it will be awarding over $53,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2015-2016 academic year.  The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books, and fees only.  The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois.

Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley will be awarding one (1) scholarship in the amount of $500.00.

There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex, or national origin.  The only limitations are as follows:

  • Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents.
  • Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois.
  • Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2015-2016 school year (excluding summer session).

Applications for Will County residents are now available for download with this link - Scholarship Application or at the Sheriff's Office in the Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson Street, Room 103 in Joliet, or on the Internet at  Will County Residents/Students must complete the application, answer the essay question and return all documentation to the WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE by MARCH 15, 2015.

For more information, please contact the Sheriff's Office, your local high school advising center, or college financial aid office.


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The Will County Sheriff's Office is announcing the results from the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday crackdown on drunk drivers.  During the holiday season, reducing the deadly dangers from drunk drivers was a top priority as Will County Sheriff's deputies were out in force to arrest those who put themselves and others on the road at risk.

From December 19th thru January 4, 2015, the Will County Sheriff's Office made five DUI arrests and wrote ten seat belt citations.  "Drunk driving is deadly and people can get too wrapped up in the excitement of the holidays and make some seriously bad decisions," said Sgt. Vincent Gambino.  "The bottom line is if you have been drinking alcohol, you do not belong behind the wheel of a car."

The recent law enforcement crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation and is part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns.  -end-


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The Will County Sheriff's Office announced today that Investigator Jeffrey Tolbert and Sgt. James Holuj will represent the Sheriff's Office at the funeral services of New York's fallen officer Wenjian Liu.  Liu was slain on December 20th while sitting in his squad car with fellow officer Rafael Ramos.   Tolbert and Holuj are both 14 year veterans of the Sheriff's Office and members of the Sheriff's Honor Guard.  The deputies will be attending courtesy of JetBlue Airways who extended free airline tickets to law enforcement officers throughout the country to attend the services. They will depart Chicago, O'Hare Airport, on Saturday, January 3, 2014 for the services and will return on Monday.

Tolbert and Holuj stated, "It is a priviledge to be given this opportunity to show our respect and support the families of our fallen brothers."

Travel expenses incurred to the two deputies will be paid for by Sheriff Mike Kelley, the deputies FOP union, and the supervisors MAP union.    -end-


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Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley announced today that he has completed the promotions of command staff that will assist him during his term as Sheriff.  The following promotions took place since Sheriff Kelley was sworn in on December 1, 2014.

Undersheriff, Robert Contro

Deputy Chief of Enforcement Division, Thomas Budde

Deputy Chief of Support Services, Jerry Nudera

Deputy Chief of Special Operations and Investigations, Richard Ackerson

Adult Detention Facility Command Staff

Chief Deputy Warden - Bradley Josephson 

Deputy Chief of ADF Operations, Stuart Taylor

Deputy Chief of ADF Support Services, Dale Santerelli

Sheriff Kelley stated, "I want to thank all of the outgoing administrators for their many years of dedication and service to our department.  As I look to the future I am committed to new challenges and for the opportunity to increase efficiency within the Sheriff's Office.  Together with my new command staff, I am confident that our years of experience, knowledge, professionalism, and dedication, will be met with the main focus on quality of life, safety, and security for all residents of Will County."

"While running for this office my campaign platform focused on three main objectives; the need to move the Sheriffs' Foreclosure Sales in-house, which could potentially provide the Sheriff's Office with substantial revenue; the need to construct a secure evidence storage facility; and looking into alternative working shifts for deputies.  These projects are large undertakings and will take time but I hope to have them completed during my term as Sheriff."

"On behalf of our new command staff, deputies, correctional staff, lay staff, and I, we will strive to be the finest law enforcement organization, bringing back the professionalism and confidence to the Sheriff's Office that all Will County citizens deserve."

**For more information please visit our website:

***Photos and Bio's of Sheriff Kelley and his Command Staff can be found by clicking "Admin" on the left side of our home page.   -end-

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