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Grand Jury Indicts Washington, Ill. Man Previously Arrested, Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2011

Peoria, Ill. – A federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging David M. Thompson, 31, of Washington, Ill., with one count of possessing images of child pornography. The indictment alleges that in March 2011, Thompson possessed a computer hard drive that contained images of child pornography. The indictment also seeks criminal forfeiture of Thompson’s computer and related equipment.

Thompson was previously charged in a federal criminal complaint filed on Jul. 26, 2011. Thompson was released on bond on Jul 29.

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

If convicted, the statutory penalty for possession of is up to 10 years in prison. The defendant may also be ordered to remain under supervised release for 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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