ACCUSED EAST ALTON CHILD PORNOGRAPHER SET FOR TRIAL
Hal Dean McBride, 43, of East Alton, Illinois, indicted by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in East St. Louis in January, 2011, in a four (4) count indictment charging him with Enticement (Count 1), Receipt of Child Pornography (Count 2), Accessing Child Pornography With Intent to View (Count 3), and Transfer of Obscene Matter to a Minor (Count 4), was formally arraigned on his charges on February 25, 2011, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. The violations took place from on or about November 23, 2009, through on or about August 19, 2010, Madison County, Illinois. McBride’s trial is scheduled to begin on April 25, 2011, in East St. Louis, Illinois.
If convicted on Count 1, McBride faces a term of imprisonment of not less than ten (10) years, nor more than imprisonment for his entire life, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release of not less than five (5) years to life; on Count 2, a term of imprisonment of not less than five (5) years but no more than 20 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release of not less than five (5) years to life; on Count 3, a term of imprisonment of not more than (10) years, a $250,000 fine, or both, and a term of supervised release of not less than five (5) years to life; on Count 4, a term of imprisonment of not more than ten (10) years, a $250,000 fine, or both, and a term of supervised release of not more than three (3) years.
An indictment is merely the method by which federal charges are lodged. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Metro East Cyber Crimes and Analysis Task Force. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.