OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
STEPHEN R. WIGGINTON UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
Nine Executive Drive, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208 402 West Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812
For Immediate Release Public Information Officer December 3, 2010 FAUSA Randy G. Massey (618) 628-3700
MADISON COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR PRODUCTION & POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 3, 2010, BLAKE JOSEPH YOUNG, age 41, last known address in Bethalto, Illinois, was sentenced following his conviction for production and possession of child pornography, to 300 months imprisonment, a lifetime term of supervised release, a $1,250 fine, and a special assessment of $200.
YOUNG pleaded guilty to the charges on August 31, 2010. At the time of his plea, YOUNG entered into a factual stipulation which indicated that on March 21, 2010, YOUNG was in his motor home in a church parking lot in Alton, Illinois. While parked outside the church, YOUNG asked a twelve year old boy who he knew from church, to enter the motor home. Once inside the motor home, YOUNG took pornographic photographs of the twelve year old.
YOUNG also showed the twelve year old nude photos of another minor child which YOUNG had stored on YOUNG’s cellular phone. Search warrants were executed on the motor home and the cellular phone, resulting in recovery of the images of child pornography.
The investigation was conducted bythe Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Metro East Cybercrime Task Force and the Alton Police Department.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne M. Garrison.