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Grand Jury Indicts East Peoria Man Charged with Receipt of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2010

Peoria, Ill. – The federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging Steven L. Cole, 39, of the 100 block of Elmridge Circle, East Peoria, Ill., with one count of receiving child pornography. The indictment alleges that on Oct. 23, 2010, Cole received a digital video depicting graphic child pornography.

Cole was previously charged in a criminal complaint filed on Nov. 29, 2010. Cole was arrested on Nov. 30, and was ordered detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals.

The charges were investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, East Peoria Police Department and the Bloomington Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk D. Schoenbein.

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

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 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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