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Carbondale Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Attempting to Coerce a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity

February 10, 2012

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on February 10, 2012, Harry William McMillan, 34, of Carbondale, Illinois, was sentenced in federal court to 132 months (11 years) in prison. McMillan was also placed on five years’ supervised release and was fined $500.

“As I have often warned: parents, be aware of what your children are doing on the internet. Predators, like this person, are out there, waiting to take advantage of our children.” said United States Attorney Wigginton.

McMillan was previously convicted in an indictment which charged that from September 20-22, 2010, in Williamson and Jackson Counties, McMillan used a computer connected to the Internet to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce an individual who had not attained the age of 18 years to engage in sexual activity.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the United States Secret Service Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Benton Police Department, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Marshal Service. The Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation. 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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