Date: 27th August, 2017

Game designer John Trudeau has been arrested and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography.

John Trudeau
John Trudeau

He was arrested by Glendale Heights Police Department on Thursday 24th August, 2017 at his home in Medinah Circle, Glendale Heights – a village around 20 miles west of Chicago –  following the execution of a search warrant.

Trudeau’s name had come to light during a wider child pornography investigation.

According to the Police Department, computer equipment seized during the search contained “numerous computerized files depicting child pornography”.  John Trudeau, aged 69, was present during the search and was subsequently arrested and charged with the two counts, before being taken to DuPage County Jail to await a bail hearing on Friday 25th August, 2017.

Here’s how Glendale Heights Police Department announced the arrest and charge.

The arrest and charge notification
The arrest and charge notification

His arrest was also reported in the Chicago Sun Times newspaper.

Following the bail hearing, he was released on bail of $75,000 on 27th August at 14:31 local time to appear back in court at 09:00 on on 18th September, 2017.

Case schedule

John Trudeau has a long history in pinball game design, designing more than thirty production titles for companies such as Game Plan, Gottlieb, Premier, Williams and is currently employed by Stern Pinball for whom he has designed the games Mustang, WWE Wrestlemania and, most recently, Ghostbusters.  He was believed to be working on his next game for the company which was due for release early next year.

UPDATE – 29th August, 2017

Stern Pinball’s new Director of Marketing, Zach Sharpe, has released a statement on behalf of the company.

He told Pinball News, “It’s unfortunate that a topic such as this is my first formal communication to the community as an official voice of Stern Pinball, but we wanted to address the community about this extremely unfortunate and sensitive situation.  Like the community, we are processing a litany of emotions over the allegations against John Trudeau and he is currently not reporting to Stern Pinball.  Stern Pinball does not support or condone this type of alleged behavior in any capacity and will be donating to Hope For Justice, the premier charity in the fight against human trafficking.

Note: Moderated comments are enabled for this report (as they are for all our reports).  Commenters are reminded that John Trudeau has only been charged at this stage – he has not been found guilty of anything yet – so no comments which could be libellous or might prejudice a fair trial will be allowed.

UPDATE – 28th October, 2017

On 23rd October, 2017 John Trudeau pleaded not guilty to both of the two charges against him of Child Pornography – Possession of Visual Reproduction on Computer – Video.  The case was heard in front of Judge JJ Kinsella and is now set to go to trial.

In the meantime, the discovery process has begun where the defence can obtain details of the evidence against the defendant from the prosecutors and the prosecutors can demand further information from the defendant.  Once that has been completed and both sides are aware of the evidence, the case may go to trial, a plea bargain may be struck or the case could be dropped.  The next scheduled court date is 20th November, 2017.

In addition, it is understood John Trudeau is no longer an employee of Stern Pinball following his acceptance of a severance deal.

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One Comment

  1. Scott Merrell

    September 5, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Thanks Zach. Really sad situation. I have a GB and it looks a little different now to be honest.

    Pinball is not to blame so let’s keep moving forward with the hobby Imo.


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