POSSESSOR OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON
TIMOTHY J. FREELAND, age 23, of Fairview Heights, Illinois, was sentenced today to 97
months in the Bureau of Prisons, ten years of supervised release, a $750 fine, and a $100 special
assessment for Possession of Child Pornography, United States Attorney for the Southern District of
Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
According to information revealed at FREELAND’s change of plea hearing, FREELAND
possessed over five hundred fifty still images and twenty-two videos containing or depicting child
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.