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Petersburg Man Pleads Guilty To Possessing, Distributing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2008

Springfield, Ill. – A Petersburg, Illinois man who worked at Illinois’ Emergency Management Agency pled guilty today to possessing and distributing child pornography using a work computer. Keith E. Chambers, 48, entered the pleas of guilty during a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron G. Cudmore and was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service following the hearing.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 17, 2008, before U.S. District Judge Jeanne E. Scott. At sentencing, Chambers faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years to 20 years in prison for distribution of child pornography and a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography. Both offenses carry terms of up to life supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

During the hearing, the government presented the factual basis for Chambers’ charged offenses. According to the government investigation, Chambers distributed approximately 20 images of child pornography via the Internet on February 12, 2008. While in a chat room known to law enforcement as a fetish/incest site, Chambers engaged in an exchange with a law enforcement officer working undercover with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. Chambers requested an exchange of child pornography images and sent approximately 20 images of child pornography to the undercover officer. Law enforcement officers traced the e-mail address to Chambers and a federal search warrant was executed on May 1, 2008, of Chambers’ work computer. Chambers also admitted he possessed images of child pornography from February 2008 through May 1, 2008.

Agencies participating in Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Illinois Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force and the Springfield Cyber Crimes Task Force worked cooperatively with Ohio’s ICAC and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in Ohio to investigate the case.

Agencies participating in the Springfield Cyber Crimes Task Force include Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office and the Springfield Police Department. The task force is a multi-agency group which investigates computer crime cases on behalf of local, federal and state law enforcement agencies. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Bass.

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