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Nearly 22 Years In Prison for Woman Who Produced Child Porn Images for Rent Money

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2013

Springfield, Ill. – U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough today sentenced Laura J. Sigler, 26, to serve 262 months (21 years, 10 months) in federal prison and to remain on supervised release for life following her release from prison. Sigler has been detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since her arrest in March 2012, along with co-defendant Anthony L. Ferguson, 25.

On Dec. 6, 2012, Sigler pled guilty to using a five-year-old child to produce child pornography in November 2011, when Sigler and Ferguson were living at the Budget Inn in Lincoln, Ill. According to court documents, Ferguson and Sigler used the images of child pornography to secure rent money. Ferguson pled guilty to the offense in July 2012, and was sentenced in January 2013, to a term of 235 months (19 years, 7 months) in prison.

Sigler and Ferguson were each ordered to remain on supervised release for life following completion of their respective prison terms.

The case was investigated by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Lincoln Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Bass prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

The case was prosecuted under 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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