A 49-year-old Forest Park man faces charges that he electronically transmitted sexually explicit images of children under the age 13 from two different email addresses and possessed more images of child pornography on his personal computer.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez on Sept. 19 announced the arrest of Eric Whealdon, who has been charged with one count of possessing child pornography, following a joint investigation by Forest Park police and the Cook County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Whealdon appeared in bond court in Chicago on Sept. 19, where Judge Laura Sullivan set his bond at $20,000. He was scheduled to appear at the Maybrook courthouse for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 22.

According to a press release issued by the state’s attorney’s office, the investigation began after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children learned that Whealdon “had emailed multiple images of child pornography containing sexually explicit images of children under the age of 13.”

That information was passed along to the state’s attorney’s office, which worked with Forest Park police on the investigation. Police traced the email to a home Whealdon was renting.

On Sept. 16, officers searched the residence and reported recovering Whealdon’s computer, which allegedly contained “multiple images of child pornography.”