Niles ‘Santa’ charged

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A man who neighbors said told children he was Santa Claus was formally charged Monday with having child pornography after law enforcement raided his home on Friday.

William Brock Sr., 65, was charged Monday with 25 counts of second-degree felony pandering obscenity involving a minor in Niles Municipal Court after the state’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation said they did not plan to file charges against Brock on Monday.

Each charge carries an eight-year maximum sentence.

Bond was set at $100,000 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for next Monday.

Agents with the state Bureau of the Criminal Identification and Investigation along with the FBI and Niles Police at about 12:30 p.m. Friday raided a home Brock’s 832 Mason Street home looking for child pornography.

Boxes of evidence and computers were taken from the home and two men were taken in for questioning.

A neighbor said one of the men taken out of the home told children in the neighborhood he was Santa Clause. The white-bearded man was led away in handcuffs, shirtless and wearing red pants.

Candace Perez stays at a house nearby and said she is worried for her four children and others in the neighborhood.

One officer at the scene was bit by a dog and another was cut while breaking a glass door.

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