Granite City Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography
A Granite City man pled guilty in federal district court on February 24, 2012, to a two-count Indictment charging him with Distribution of Child Pornography (Count 1) and Possession of Child Pornography (Count 2), the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Mikhail E. Reinhardt, 23, of Granite City, Illinois, also agreed to the forfeiture of the computers used to commit the charged offenses. Sentencing is scheduled for June 15, 2012, in East St. Louis, Illinois. Reinhardt will continue to be held without bond pending sentencing.
At sentencing, Reinhardt faces a term in prison of not less than five (5) years but not more than twenty (20) years, a fine up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of five (5) years to life on Count 1; on Count 2, Reinhardt faces a term of imprisonment of not more than ten (10) years, a fine up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of five (5) years to life.
The violation charged in Count 1 occurred on June 15, 2009, when an officer conducting an undercover operation identified the Reinhardt’s computer as one offering to distribute child pornography. The officer downloaded 3 images and 3 video files from the computer, all of which depicted child pornography. One of the files the defendant distributed on June 15, 2009, was “peach pie (pthc) pedofilia part4 (1).mpg - Incesto vicky 2.mpg - pedofilia part4 - Vicky anal Defloration.mpg,” which depicts, inter alia, an adult male performing anal sex on a prepubescent female. Investigation led the officers to the home Reinhardt shared with his parents in Granite City.
The violation charged in Count 2 occurred on August 13, 2009, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the Granite City residence. Among the items seized from the residence was a Dell Dimension, desktop computer and a Dell, laptop computer. A forensic review of the Dell Dimension computer revealed over 1,000 image and video files containing child pornography. A forensic review of the Dell laptop revealed eleven image and video files depicting child pornography.
Reinhardt admitted downloading and possessing child pornography, stating that he had been into child pornography for approximately 2 years. Reinhardt stated that he primarily downloaded child pornography to the Dell desktop computer because he did not want to “bog down” his Dell laptop computer. Reinhardt estimated that he had 800 to 900 files depicting child pornography on the Dell Dimension desktop computer, and that he had most likely previewed each file prior to downloading it. He said that he generally waited for an image or video file to download, and that, while it was downloading, he would preview it. Reinhardt admitted that he was the only one who would have downloaded the child pornography found on the Dell desktop computer. Finally, Reinhardt admitted that he was sharing child pornography files with other individuals.
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 Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.