Marion Man Charged With Child Pornography Offense
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced
today that Brandon Scott Coffey, 24, of Marion, Illinois, was charged in an Indictment returned by
a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, with possession of child pornography. Coffey made
his first appearance in Federal Court today. Coffey’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.
Coffey faces up to 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and from 5 years to lifetime
supervised release to follow any incarceration.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Secret Service 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
www.projectsafechildhood.gov. For more information about internet safety education, please visit
www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Thomas E. Leggans.