A Naperville man who was accused of making lurid films of children through the windows of their homes last fall was sentenced Wednesday to jail and ordered to register for life as a sex offender.
Prosecutors from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office unsuccessfully sought a five-year prison term for the man, Renzo Barduagni. He had no prior record.
Judge George J. Bakalis convicted Barduagni, 51, of a felony charge of possession of child pornography. The judge sentenced Barduagni to 90 days in DuPage County Jail, to be followed by 120 days of jail work-release, said Paul Darrah, spokesman for State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin.
Barduagni spent 82 days in jail following his arrest, which means he must serve eight more to fulfill that part of his sentence, Darrah said. Bakalis also ordered Barduagni to register with authorities as a convicted sex offender, placed him on two years of “sex offender probation,” ordered him to have no future contact with children and fined him $1,000, Darrah said.
Darrah declined to comment on the decision in the case.
Barduagni lives on the 700 block of Violet Circle, in the Wildflower area of far west-central Naperville.
Police last October said he used a camera to make at least one surreptitious film of a neighbor girl as she emerged from a shower inside her family’s home. He was also accused of storing more than 100 pornographic images of children in at least two personal computers.
Barduagni was arrested on Oct. 15, 2012, nearly a year to the day of his sentencing. The arrest followed a four-month-long investigation by members of the police department’s High Technology Crimes Unit.
Investigators with that unit “monitor people who download child pornography on the Internet,” Sgt. John Westlove said last year. Detectives began investigating Barduagni in late spring or early summer 2012 “due to the increasing downloading of child pornography” on a computer at his home, Westlove said.
Police executed a search warrant at Barduagni’s house and, after examining his computers, “were able to obtain over 100 images of children under the age of 17 engaged in sexual acts,” Westlove said.
Two Indian Prairie School District 204 bus stops situated near Barduagni’s home were relocated following his arrest.