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Two Central Illinois Men Sentenced To Prison Terms In Seperate Child Pornography Cases

November 2, 2009

Springfield, Ill. – In separate cases, two central Illinois men were sentenced to federal prison terms today for child pornography offenses: Ronald E. Barnes, 41, of the 300 block of North Kickapoo Street, Lincoln, Ill., was ordered to serve 189 months (15 years, 9 months) and Brent L. Suttory, 33, of the 1000 block of South Durkin Drive, Springfield, Ill., was sentenced to 180 months (15 years.)

Barnes pled guilty on July 1, to receipt (one count) and possession (one count) of child pornography and was ordered detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. He was arrested and charged by criminal complaint on January 26, and was indicted on February 3, 2009.

The charges against Barnes were investigated by agents with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

On April 29, Suttory pled guilty to the charges against him - one count each of receiving, possessing and distributing images of child pornography. Suttory was indicted in January 2009, after his arrest on December 17, 2008. Following his arrest, Suttory was ordered to remain detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

The charges against Suttory were investigated by agencies participating in Illinois’ Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force and agents with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Illinois Secretary of State Police, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly M. Peirson and were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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