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Clinton Man Sentenced to 29 Years in Prison for Production and Possession of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2012

Springfield, Ill. – A Clinton, Ill., man has been sentenced to 29 years (348 months) in prison and lifetime supervised release for production and possession of child pornography. Jeffery L. Massey, 51, was sentenced on Friday, June 29, by Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Mills in Springfield, Ill. Massey was also ordered to pay a fine of $50,000.

Massey entered pleas of guilty on Aug. 19, 2011, to two counts of production and one count of possession of child pornography. Massey admitted that on two occasions, in November 2004, and April 2005, he produced sexually explicit photographs of a minor child, and that in December 2009, Massey possessed images of child pornography.

Massey was arrested on April 15, 2010, on the federal charges, and has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals since his arrest.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory M. Gilmore. The charges were investigated by U.S. Secret Service; the Bloomington Police Department; Illinois State Police; and, the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office.

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, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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