3 Illinois Men Indicted for Child Pornography

3 Illinois Men Indicted for Child Pornography

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3 Illinois Men Indicted for Child Pornography

 

On October 5, 2012, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that three men were indicted for child pornography offenses.  The investigation was led by the ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the East Central Illinois Cyber Crimes Working Group, and local police departments from Champaign, Urbana, and Decatur.  
 
Erik Barthelemy of Champaign, Danny L. Smith of Georgetown, and Dustin R. Underwood of Clinton were charged for distributing and possessing child pornography in different cases.  
 
The ICE reports that Barthelemy was arrested on September 10, 2012 and detained by the U.S. Marshals Service.  He was charged with two counts of distributing child pornography in October of 2011, and he was also charged with one count of possessing child pornography.  
 
Smith was arrested on September 11 and detained by U.S. Marshals.  He is charged with three counts of distributing child pornography between May and July of 2012, and he is also charged with one count of possession of  child pornography.  
 
Underwood was arrested on August 28 and charged with three counts of distributing child pornography between February and March of 2012.  He was also charged with one count of possession of child pornography.  His trial is set for November 26, 2012.  
 
Each count of distributing child pornography has a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a max penalty of 20 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release.  If the defendant was convicted of child sex abuse or child pornography in the past, their mandatory minimum sentence is 15 years in prison and they face a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.  Possessing child pornography carries a sentence of 10 years in prison.  
 
The investigation was part of Operation Predator which targets sexual predators across the nation.  The HSI initiative targets people who travel overseas for sex with minors, criminal alien sex offenders, sex traffickers, and those distribute and download child pornography.  
 
Source: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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