A former Orland Fire Protection District firefighter pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges, the second case against him regarding an incident with a minor.
Dressed casually in a white and green jacket, dark striped shirt and jeans, Dean Milenkovic, 46, didn't speak during a brief hearing Tuesday, Nov. 27 except to say "Yes, your honor" when Judge Colleen Ann Hyland asked if he understood the terms of his not-guilty plea and bond conditions.
In the most recent case, Milenkovic has been charged with two counts of aggravated possession of child pornography. Court records show Milenkovic appeared in court on Oct. 17 on those charges and his bail was set at $200,000.
Michael D. Krejci, Milenkovic's attorney, is also representing Milenkovic in the first case and waived formal reading of the newer charges on Tuesday. It is unclear if the cases are related. Krejci declined comment after Tuesday's hearing.
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Milenkovic has three felony counts against him in the first case; after being , those charges now include manufacturing of harmful material via webcam and two counts of solicitation of a child. Milenkovic struck up online sex chats with a person he believed was a 13-year-old Iowa girl, but was actually chatting with an undercover cop in Iowa, according to police. His bond was set at $30,000 in that case and he pleaded not guilty to those charges on Aug. 2.
Personal computers were confiscated when he was arrested in June, according to Orland Park Police Commander John Keating. Forensics testing later led to finding pornographic images on the computers, and he was arrested Oct. 16 on the second charges without incident, Keating said.
"We are committed to investigating these types of crimes that victimize children on the Internet and will aggressively go after these individuals," Keating said.
Orland Park officers also searched any computers belonging to the fire district that Milenkovic may have had access to, and did not find any images on them.
"Only on the personal computers," Keating said. "We did conduct an examination of computers he may have access to as a firefighter, and there is no indiciation at this time that district computers were used for any illegal acts by Milenkovic."
Keating said the fire district has cooperated fully with the investigation.
Milenkovic resigned from the district in July.
He is scheduled to be back in Hyland's courtroom on Jan. 16.
Orland Park Patch Editor Ben Feldheim contributed to this report.
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