Harrisburg Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Possessing Child Pornography
Larry D. Robinson, 62, of Harrisburg, Ill., was sentenced on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in United States District Court in Benton, to a term of 9 years in prison for possessing child pornography, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Robinson was found guilty of that offense following a two day jury trial in November 2011.
Evidence introduced at trial showed that Robinson used various internet file sharing programs to download, view, and share videos depicting children as young as 5 years old being sexually assaulted orally, anally, and/or vaginally. Computers seized from Robinson’s home pursuant to a search warrant contained 127 such videos.
In addition to the 9 year term of imprisonment, Robinson was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and a special assessment of $100, and was placed on a 10 year term of supervised release to follow his incarceration. Upon release, Robinson will be required to register as a sex offender.
Robinson, who has been in the custody of the United States Marshal since his conviction, was again remanded to the Marshal’s custody to await designation and transport to a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility.
Investigation into the case was conducted by the United States Secret Service Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Benton, Illinois, Police Department, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, the Harrisburg, Illinois, Police Department, and the Illinois State Police. This case is a 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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.