Springfield Man Charged with Distribution, Possession of Child Pornography
Springfield, Ill. – The grand jury today returned an indictment charging Victor C. Juarez, 24, of the 2800 block of Monmouth Court, Springfield, Ill., with one count each of distribution and possession of child pornography. The indictment alleges Juarez distributed images of child pornography on or about Sept. 14, 2010, and that he possessed child pornography on or about Dec. 1, 2010.
Juarez appeared in federal court this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron G. Cudmore. Juarez was released on bond and trial has been scheduled for April 5, 2011.
The charges were investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and Illinois State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory M. Gilmore.
If convicted, the statutory penalty for distribution of child pornography is a mandatory minimum five years to 20 years in prison. For possession of child pornography, the penalty is up to 10 years in prison. Each of the offenses carry terms of supervised release of up to life 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.
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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