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April 4, 2011

In his ongoing pursuit of adults who prey on children, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that a Smithton man, convicted of receipt of child pornography, was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison. Joshua Burgard, of Smithton, Illinois, received a 210 month sentence for receipt of child pornography. Following release from imprisonment, Burgard will serve a fifteen year term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender. Burgard was also fined $1,000, and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment. Burgard pleaded guilty to the charges on February 18, 2011. USA Wigginton renewed his pledge to use all legal means to combat those adults who would deprive children of their childhood by exploiting them sexually.

Please note: Because this case involved minor children, local to this area, no further description of the acts constituting the offenses will be provided in order to protect the privacy of the minors and to assist them in their healing process.

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 United States 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

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations Cybercrimes Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicole E. Gorovsky.



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