The Mattoon Police Department made an arrest Thursday morning on child pornography charges. Police arrest 24-year-old Bernard Head, who is originally from East St. Louis but currently homeless and staying at the Mattoon PADS shelter.
Head is charged with the Indecent Solicitation of a Child, Solicitation of Child Pornography, Possession of Child Pornography, Grooming, and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.
The charges involved a child Head met previously at a community outreach volunteer event. Following his arrest Head was transported to the Coles County Safety and Detention Center pending the filing of formal charges by the Coles County States Attorney’s Office.