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Child Porn Convict Comes Home With Cop—Ordered to Stay Away: Petition

A man awaiting sentencing on a child pornography conviction he caught for secretly videoing his naked teenage stepdaughter showed up at his former home in Joliet with a police officer to collect his things.

When Timothy Zak went to court May 7 to be sentenced to as many as seven years in prison for secretly videoing his naked teenage stepdaughter, he was allowed another month of freedom before learning his fate.

The day after his sentencing was postponed, Zak returned to the scene of the crime, turning up at the Joliet home where he had set up a hidden camera to record his unwitting stepdaughter, according to a petition filed by Zak's wife.

"On this date Timothy Zak showed up at my residence with a Joliet police officer who had been given the impression that Timothy and I were having some marital trouble and he wanted to come pick up some of his belongings,"  Zak's wife said in her petition for a protective order.

The wife filled the cop in on Zak's pending sentencing, the petition says, and after checking, the officer sent him on his way.

The wife also wrote in her petition that she was afraid Zak meant her harm.

"I expressed my fear and concern for me and my family's safety from the defendant since we are the ones who turned him in," she wrote.

Zak, 46, now resides in Wheaton, but when he videoed his then 17-year-old stepdaughter last year, he was living with the girl and her mother in a house on the city's far west side.

In her petition, Zak's wife told of discovering "nude photos and videos" of her daughter in August. She found the images and videos in an email account she shared with her husband, she said.

"We learned that Timothy Zak had positioned a hidden camera in the hall which angled toward the bathroom and my daughter's bedroom," she wrote. "It is through these means that he was able to record my daughter getting in and out of the shower. He had then taken stills from the video footage of the shots that depicted the most nudity and emailed them to himself."

Zak is free on bond. He pleaded guilty in January to charges of possession of child pornogrpahy and unlawfully videotaping a person younger than 18. A second count of unlawfully videotaping a person younger than 18 was dismissed.

A Will County judge granted an emergency protective order against Zak on May 17. A hearing on the order was scheduled for June 8.

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Justin Virrgginn May 21, 2013 at 03:49 AM
I say this everytime I read about these pigs....Death Penalty...Here's the kicker...He could face UP TO, 7 years in Prison...Agg. DUI could get u up to 12..
NuckleSammich May 21, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Where is the biological dad? I'd let him render justice in his own way!!
Ariana May 21, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Child molesters need to be put down! Or they're manhood cut off since they're not men they're animals! Sickos!
Chirex May 21, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Way to go Patch reporters and editors! Enough with the daily trolling of court records and selective quoting of salacious details to help the small-minded reader feel superior.
fonzie May 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM
She found the images and videos in an email account she shared with her husband, she said. Dooooh !

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