Former Orland Firefighter Pleads Not Guilty to Child Porn Charges

Dean Milenkovic, 46, a former Orland Park firefighter charged with felony possession of child porn and accused of attempting sex chatting with a minor, pleaded not guilty to his more recent charges Tuesday.

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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Ben Feldheim November 28, 2012 at 05:27 PM
No one said she didn't have a right to her opinion. I'm just offering some facts. Thanks for your concern about my head, Mary. That's very sweet of you.
chuck November 28, 2012 at 09:55 PM
The fire department does not only handle fires Mary. They are cross trained as paramedics and get called 15-20 times daily if not more. I sincerely hope you are never in need of a medical emergency and have to count on the OPFPD to help you
TELL THE TRUTH November 29, 2012 at 04:06 AM
TRUTH IS: The new Chief is doing fantastic and the department has seen nearly 20 workjing fires and 8500 callls for service. TRUTH IS: The old gaurd did a ton of public damage and a few folks cant get past the fact the old chief is GONE! nadda! never coming back!! get over it. TRUTH IS: The Fire District moral is on the way UP!
frank November 29, 2012 at 04:57 PM
People are playing with numbers. Well, here's mine. Orland has roughly one-tenth the force of the San Francisco, California Fire Department. Seventy thousand people compared to ? What gives? Wake up people! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Keith November 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Frank, What does the San Francisco, California Fire Department have to do with Dean Milenkovic being charged with two counts of aggravated possession of child pornography.


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