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HAMMOND — A former St. John man has been indicted on charges of child pornography possession.

Christopher Raciti, 48, was charged Wednesday in U.S. District Court on allegations he possessed more than 600 "visual depictions" of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on his computer between Nov. 7, 2015, and March 9, 2016, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Indiana.

A petition to enter a plea of guilty was filed Wednesday, the release stated. 

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The government is requesting a sentence of 78 months with five years supervised released. He also must pay $5,000 in restitution for each victim who may be identified, if the guilty plea is approved by a judge.

Enhancements were tacked onto his potential sentencing because the material included minors under age 12, portrayed sadistic or masochistic conduct or depictions of violence. Additional enhancements were added because the offense involved the use of a computer, records show. 

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Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.