NEWS RELEASE

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 December 21, 2010 Public Information Officer FAUSA Randy G. M assey (618) 628-3700
BENTON MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OFFENSE

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 20, 2010, DANIEL J. WILT, age 48, of Benton, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court to 54 months imprisonment, 10 years of supervised release, and a $500 fine.

WILT had previously pleaded guilty to a one count federal indictment, charging him with possession of child pornography that had been mailed, or shipped or transported in interstate commerce by any means, including by computer.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the United States Secret Service Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Benton Police Department, and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, in which the United States Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with federal and state law enforcement authorities, is actively investigating and prosecuting individuals who produce, distribute, or possess child pornography. Anyone with information concerning the use of the Internet for the purposes of possessing, producing, or trafficking in child pornography is encouraged to contact the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or their local police department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George A. Norwood.