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Scott Thomas Porta II, 18, of Griffith and Michael K. L. McGregor, 18, of Lake Station, were each charged with burglary Wednesday. 

CROWN POINT — A defense attorney for one of two men accused of discovering child pornography last month during a burglary at a former Lake Ridge Middle School employee's home said his client's case will be difficult to prosecute.

John Cantrell said the burglary case filed Dec. 19 against client Michael K.L. McGregor, 18, of Lake Station, is "bizarre and unusual" and that the criminal case against former teacher's aide Aaron Lopez Saldana, 47, is likely to be superseded in federal court.

McGregor was free on bond in the Saldana burglary case when he charged Jan. 2 in another burglary, Lake Criminal Court records show. 

Judge Samuel Cappas reset McGregor's bond to $20,000 surety or $2,000 cash.

McGregor and his friend Scott Thomas Porta II, 18, of Griffith, are accused of breaking into Saldana's home Dec. 12 in the 4400 block of McKinley Street in Calumet Township.

Porta allegedly confided in a friend he "went there to get something he wanted and, instead, got something he didn't." Porta's friend took the information to the police, court records state.

Investigators later discovered Saldana had been secretly recording prepubescent and teenage boys as they showered or used the restroom at his home, court records state. He is accused of destroying photographs and other evidence before police arrived to execute a search warrant at his home Dec. 15.

Saldana was charged Dec. 17 with possession of child pornography, voyeurism and obstruction of justice.


Public Safety Reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.