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Harrisburg Man Convicted of Possession of Child Pornography

November 30, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on November 29, 2011, Larry D. Robinson, 62, of Harrisburg, Illinois, was convicted of possession of child pornography following a two-day jury trial in the United States District Court in Benton, Illinois.

The one-count Indictment charged that on or about May 7, 2010, Robinson possessed child pornography. The evidence at trial demonstrated that on May 7, 2010, law enforcement officers conducted a search of Robinson’s residence and seized two computers. Forensic analysis of the two computers revealed that the computers contained a total of 127 child pornography videos. The evidence further showed that Robinson admitted to law enforcement officers that he was responsible for all the child pornography on the computers.

“Protecting our children from being victimized by persons like Robinson is one of my highest priorities” noted United States Attorney Wigginton.

Robinson was detained following the trial and placed in the custody of the United States Marshal Service until his sentencing, which is scheduled for February 24, 2012. Robinson faces up to ten years’ imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to lifetime supervised release.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the United States Secret Service Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Benton, Illinois Police Department, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Harrisburg, Illinois Police Department. 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 or engage in the sexual exploitation of children.

The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.










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