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Cass County Man Charged with Producing Child Pornography and Conspiring with Girlfriend to Receive Child Pornography via Internet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2011

Peoria, Ill. – The grand jury today returned an indictment charging Adam L. Brewer, 22, of Beardstown, Ill., with two counts of production of child pornography. Brewer, of the 1100 block of Beard Street, is also charged, with his girlfriend, Jennifer L. Donahue, 21, of the 3200 block of Spahn Lane, Bloomington, Ill., with one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography.

The indictment alleges that on two occasions, Aug. 8, 2010, and Apr. 26, 2011, Brewer enticed a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of the conduct. Brewer and Donahue are charged with conspiring, from December 2010 to April 2011, to receive child pornography via the Internet. The indictment alleges that Brewer installed a file-sharing program on Donahue’s computer and gave her instructions on how to search for child pornography and that the two searched and downloaded images of child pornography.

Both Brewer and Donahue were arrested on May 6, 2011, and charged in a criminal complaint with receiving child pornography. During a court appearance on May 9, before U.S. Magistrate Judge John A. Gorman in Peoria, Donahue was ordered detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. Brewer appeared before Judge Gorman on May 13, and waived detention hearing and was ordered to remain detained in U.S. Marshals Service custody.

The charges were investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, Bloomington Police Department, Washington Police Department, Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, and the Beardstown Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk D. Schoenbein.

If convicted, the statutory penalty for each count of production of child pornography is a mandatory minimum 15 years to 30 years in prison. For conspiracy to receive child pornography, the penalty is a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and up to 20 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 defendants are 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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