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Champaign Man Sentenced To Four Years In Prison For Possession Of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2010

Urbana, Ill. – Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey today sentenced Michael Piccioli, 27, of the 4300 block of Iron Wood, Champaign, Illinois, to serve four years in federal prison for possession of child pornography. Piccioli was also ordered to register as a sex offender and remain under supervised release for five years following his release from prison.

On May 25, 2010, Piccioli pled guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. Piccioli admitted that he used Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing software programs to access and download pornographic material from the Internet, including 46 movies or videos containing child pornography. Piccioli also consented to criminal forfeiture of his computer equipment and related materials.

Piccioli was arrested on May 14, 2009, and was released on bond with special conditions. Following his guilty plea, U.S. Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal granted the government’s motion for detention and ordered that Piccioli surrender to the custody of the U.S. Marshal on June 17.

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the Champaign Police Department.

The 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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