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Grand Jury Charges Pekin Man With Possession Of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2009

Peoria, Ill. – A federal grand jury today returned an indictment that charges Jeffrey M. Klaybor, 39, of the 2100 block of Stoney Brook Road, Pekin, Illinois, with one count of possessing images of child pornography on Nov. 9, 2009. Further, the indictment seeks criminal forfeiture of computer equipment and related items used in the commission of the alleged offenses.

Klaybor was arrested on Nov. 10, 2009, and charged in a criminal complaint. Klaybor made his initial appearance in federal court on Nov. 12 before U.S. Magistrate Judge John A. Gorman. Klaybor was ordered to remain detained in law enforcement custody pending a detention hearing scheduled on Nov. 19 at 1:15 p.m.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, federal agents executed a search warrant at Klaybor’s residence on Nov. 9. The affidavit alleges that agents conducted a preliminary review of various items of electronic storage seized and located numerous video files containing visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The charges are the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and members of the working group including the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office and the Decatur Police Department, with assistance from the Pekin Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greggory R. Walters is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, possession of child pornography carries a statutory penalty of up to 10 years in prison, with terms of up to life supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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 U.S. 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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