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Canton Man Charged with Sending, Receiving Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2010

Peoria, Ill. – A Canton, Illinois man, Dale Dean Tennison, 53, has been ordered to remain detained pending trial on charges of sending and receiving images of child pornography, as announced by U.S. Attorney James A. Lewis, Central District of Illinois.

The grand jury returned the two-count indictment on July 28, charging Tennison with one count each of transportation and receipt of child pornography. The indictment had remained sealed pending Tennison’s appearance in federal court. On Aug. 2, Tennison appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John A. Gorman and was ordered to remain detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. The indictment alleges that on or about December 30, 2009, Tennison used a computer and the Internet to transport and receive images of child pornography. The indictment also seeks criminal forfeiture of the defendant’s computer equipment and related materials.

The investigation was conducted by the Canton Police Department and the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk D. Schoenbein.

If convicted, each count of transporting and receiving child pornography carries a mandatory minimum statutory penalty of five years in prison and up to 20 years and up to lifetime supervised release following the term of imprisonment.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; each 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 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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