HINSDALE — A Prospect Street man is facing felony charges after a child sex abuse image flagged by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was tracked to his computer, according to police.

Ricard L. Hunter, 54, of 9 Prospect St., is facing four counts of possession of child sex abuse images after police found pictures on digital devices seized from his home, according to the affidavit.

Law enforcement was first tipped off in late 2018 about an image that would later be traced back to Hunter’s IP address, according to the affidavit.

Police sought a warrant to trace the IP address associated with the image. Police were able to identify Hunter as the owner of the IP address and a search warrant was obtained for his home, according to authorities.

The affidavit states Hunter lived alone and owned an HP computer and external storage devices, such as USB drives. Police found several child sex abuse images on his devices following a forensic search, according to the affidavit.

During an interview with police last week, Hunter told officers he used programs to purchase and download child sex abuse images, according to the affidavit.

He told police that the images of children were unlawful and “out of bounds,” according to the affidavit.

Hunter is currently free on personal recognizance bail.

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