George W. Banks

A 70-year-old Berwyn man faces charges of possessing of child pornography after having hundreds of photos downloaded from his phone and printed at the CVS pharmacy in North Riverside, according to police.

George W. Banks, of the 1200 block of Wesley Avenue, is being held without bond at Cook County Jail. His next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 14 at the Maybrook courthouse.

North Riverside police responded to CVS, 7200 Cermak Road, at about 2 p.m. on Oct. 26 after a store manager called police to report that Banks was picking up printed photos that included images of child pornography.

According to the police report, Banks came into the store at about 12:30 p.m. and told the manager that he’d visited the store the previous night, but was unable to download between 700 and 900 images from his phone, because the size of the files kept crashing the computerized photo processing system.

The store manager suggested that Banks download the photos in small batches. He reportedly downloaded the photos as suggested and then left the store while the images were being processed and printed.

When Banks returned to collect the photos, a cashier who was assembling the order reportedly saw images that appeared to be child pornography and she advised the manager, who called police.

The cashier reportedly told police that Banks didn’t want to enter his real name into the computer system, so he chose the name “Precious” and entered all zeros for his phone number.

Banks was at the scene when police arrived and was taken into custody without incident. Police stated that the downloaded photos included images of partially dressed children in sexually suggestive positions.

Police said that Banks appears to have downloaded the photos online and that they didn’t believe he took any of the photos himself.