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Herrin Man Charged With Child Pornography Offenses

July 12, 2012

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on July 10, 2012, Steven J. Perry, 38, of Herrin, Illinois, was named in a two count Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois. Count One of the Indictment charges Perry with receipt of child pornography via a computer. Count 2 charges Perry with accessing child pornography images online with intent to view them.

Perry made his first appearance in Federal Court today. His bond hearing is set for tomorrow, July 13, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. Perry’s trial is currently set on September 10, 2012, in Federal Court in Benton, Illinois.

Note: An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

With respect to each count, Perry faces up to 10 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and
from 5 years to a lifetime of supervised release to follow any incarceration.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Southern Illinois Cyber Crimes Task Force, and a number of state and local law enforcement agencies.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006, by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Thomas E. Leggans.










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