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Greene County Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2012

Springfield, Ill. – A White Hall, Ill., man, James Anthony VanMeter, 52, has been ordered to serve 30 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography. Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Mills today sentenced VanMeter and ordered that he remain on supervised release for life after completion of his prison term.

VanMeter entered pleas of guilty on March 1, 2012, to two counts of possession of child pornography pursuant to a plea agreement in which the defendant agreed to the 30-year prison sentence. VanMeter has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in October 2011, when law enforcement officers were contacted regarding allegations that VanMeter had taken inappropriate photos of a minor. Officers investigating the allegations recovered various images and videotapes which depicted child pornography.

The charges were investigated by the U.S. Secret Service Southern Illinois Cyber-Crimes Unit, Illinois State Police, the White Hall Police Department, and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory M. Gilmore in cooperation with the Greene County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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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