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VP of Naperville-based nonprofit KidsMatter arrested on child pornography charges

A Naperville-based nonprofit that works with children removed its vice president after the agency learned the 48-year-old banker was charged with five counts of child pornography.

KidsMatter CEO Nina Menis confirmed Erich Kroll was removed as vice president and fundraising chair Wednesday after they learned of the charges. Any references to his involvement have been deleted from the organization’s website.

Circuit Judge John Kinsella set bail Wednesday at $150,000 for Kroll, of the 18W000 block of Holly Drive in unincorporated DuPage County, near Darien.

DuPage County Sheriff’s Office investigators searched Kroll’s home Wednesday following an internet investigation into the possession and distribution of child pornography files, according to a news release.

A forensic examination Kroll’s digital electronics revealed the presence of child pornography files, the release said.

“I’m so thankful that we have our digital forensic investigation unit out there working cases like this and getting these predators off the street,” Sheriff James Mendrick said in the release. “Crimes against children are crimes against our future and that will not be tolerated in DuPage County.”

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said while the “very disturbing” allegations against Kroll are in no way affiliated with KidsMatter, what he finds troubling is his involvement with the agency.

Through his role as fundraising chair at KidsMatter, Kroll also served on the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Team B2B, a networking group.

Kroll has worked for PNC bank for 10 years, serving as vice president of corporate and institutional banking in Oak Brook since 2018 and as vice president of business banking in Naperville from 2011 to 2018, according to his LinkedIn page.

KidsMatter works with 45,000 youth in DuPage and Will counties to provide mental health assistance to empower children and teens to effectively deal with stressors in life while avoiding destructive behavior.

Kroll’s next court date is scheduled for June 18.

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