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Grand Jury Indicts Two Springfield Men in Unrelated, Separate Child Pornography Cases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2011

Peoria, Ill. – Two Springfield, Ill., men face federal child pornography charges in indictments returned today by a federal grand jury in Peoria, as announced by Jim Lewis, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois.

James E. Bowen, 52, of the 1900 block of N. 7th Street and the 500 block of W. Edwards, Springfield, Ill., appeared this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron G. Cudmore for initial appearance after being arrested and charged in a criminal complaint filed on Jul 29. Judge Cudmore ordered that Bowen remain detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
The grand jury returned its indictment this afternoon charging Bowen with one count each of transportation and possession of child pornography. The indictment alleges that in March 2011, Bowen transported images of child pornography from Texas to Springfield on various computer hard drives and that on or about July 27, Bowen possessed child pornography, including a DVD labeled “Goodies” and a computer hard drive, each containing numerous images of child pornography. The indictment also seeks criminal forfeiture of Bowen’s computer equipment and related materials.

If convicted, Bowen faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years to 40 years in prison for transportation of child pornography and 10 to 20 years on the charge of possession of child pornography. Both offenses carry up to lifetime supervised release following any term of imprisonment. The charges are the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Investigations and the U.S. Marshals Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Cannon.

In an unrelated case, David J. Finley, 27, of the 1600 block of E. Converse Street, Springfield, Ill., has been charged by indictment with one count each of distribution and possession of child pornography. The indictment also seeks criminal forfeiture of Finley’s computer and related equipment. Finley was charged previously by criminal complaint and was arrested on Jul 27. Finley appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron G. Cudmore and was released on bond on Aug. 3. If convicted, distribution of 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. For possession of child pornography the statutory penalty is up to 10 years in prison and up to lifetime supervised release following the term of imprisonment.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Illinois Attorney General’s High Tech Crimes Bureau. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Bass.

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

The cases were 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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