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Vermilion County Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Child pornography Offenses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2009

Urbana, Ill. – James Faulds Jr., 39, of Rankin, Illinois, was sentenced yesterday to serve 30 years in federal prison for distribution and possession of child pornography. Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey further ordered that Faulds remain on supervised release for life following completion of his prison sentence. Judge McCuskey sentenced Faulds to serve 240 months for the distribution offense and 120 months for the possession offense, to be served consecutively, for a total of 360 months.

Faulds has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since he was convicted by a jury on February 29, 2008, of the offenses.

The charges were the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and officers with the Decatur Police Department and Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department on detail to assist ICE. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Bass prosecuted the case.

Acting U.S. Attorney Jeffrey B. Lang said, “We will continue to aggressively prosecute anyone who participates in any way in the exploitation of children. This 30-year sentence represents the serious commitment by this office, the courts and the law to prosecute this kind of abuse.”

“The victims of child pornography are the most vulnerable members of our society," said Michael Mitchell, resident agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Springfield. "It's a high mission priority for ICE to help protect and bring justice to these victims by identifying, investigating and pursuing prosecution for anyone who creates, possesses or distributes child pornography." This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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