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Pekin Man to Serve More Than 15 Years in Federal Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2012

Peoria, Ill. – U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade yesterday ordered that David A. Fisher, 53, of Pekin, Ill., serve 188 months (15 years, 8 months) in federal prison for possession of child pornography. Following completion of his prison term, Judge McDade ordered that Fisher remain under supervised release for ten years.

On Jan. 13, 2012, Fisher, of the 1800 block of Columbus Drive, waived indictment and pled guilty to one count of possession of images of child pornography in August 2010. Fisher had previously been arrested and charged in a federal criminal complaint filed in November 2011 and was ordered to remain detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk D. Schoenbein prosecuted the case.

This 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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