CHARLESTON — A child pornography charge was added Monday to the counts against a former Charleston police officer accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl.

The newly added charge accuses David N. Iwaniw of having the girl appear in a video recording of the sex act that allegedly took place at Iwaniw’s Charleston home on Feb. 19. Earlier records in the case indicate that the girl reported that Iwaniw also forced her to say on the recording that she was 18 years old and that the sex was consensual.

Iwaniw, 33, whose address on record is 619 11th St., Charleston, made his first court appearance Monday, during which the case’s prosecutor, Lorinda Lamken of the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s Office, filed the child pornography charge. Lamken, defense attorney Kevin Geisler and Circuit Judge James Glenn also agreed to schedule Iwaniw’s next hearing for April 9.

That will be the date for Iwaniw’s preliminary hearing, a stage of the case during which the prosecution presents some evidence, usually police testimony, for a judge to decide whether there’s enough of a reason for the case to continue. Without such a ruling or the defendant’s waiver of the hearing, the charges can be dismissed.

The earlier-filed charges against Iwaniw are for criminal sexual assault, which allege he forced the girl into sex and that, as a police officer, he was in a “position of authority.” The offense requires prison time when there’s a conviction with the possible sentence ranging from four to 15 years, and that’s the same sentencing requirement for the child pornography charge.

Iwaniw is free on bond and, according to Charleston Police Department officials, resigned as a police officer after his arrest.

The case records indicate that the girl alleged she met Iwaniw a few months before the alleged assault and that they’d communicated by text message and email. They also say she said he threatened to “hunt her down” if she told anyone about the assault.

The records are contained in the criminal case against Iwaniw and in a case in which the girl successfully sought an order of protection against him. The order of protection has expired but no contact with the girl is one of Iwaniw’s bond requirements.

The Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s Office is handling the criminal case at the request of Coles County State’s Attorney Brian Bower, who said he asked the office to do so because of his time as Charleston city attorney before his election as state’s attorney last year.

Illinois State Police investigated the case at request of Charleston police.

Contact Fopay at dfopay@jg-tc.com or 217-238-6858.

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