Alton Man Charged with Child Pornography Offenses
An Alton man was arraigned in federal court on March 2, 2012, on a three-count Indictment charging him with Receipt of Child Pornography (Count 1), Distribution of Child Pornography (Count 2), and Possession of Child Pornography (Count 3), the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Robert P. Ridenour, 37, of Alton, IL, faces, as to Counts 1 and 2, a term of imprisonment of not less than fifteen (15) years but not more than forty (40) years, and a fine up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of five (5) years to life. If convicted on Count 3, Ridenour faces a term of imprisonment of not less than ten (10) years but not more than twenty (20) years, and a fine up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of five (5) years to life. Ridenour’s trial is scheduled for April 23, 2012, in Federal Court in East St. Louis. Ridenour was ordered detained, that is, held without bond, pending trial.
United States Attorney Wigginton credited the fact that he could bring this case in federal court to the cooperation and assistance of Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons and his staff in working closely with the United States Attorney’s Office. “This increased level of cooperation between federal and state authorities gives all of the people of Southern Illinois more ‘bang for their bucks’ in bringing offenders to justice,” noted United States Attorney Wigginton.
The indictment alleges in Count 1 that, on or about October 30, 2011, Ridenour received images of child pornography via the internet, in Count 2, that on or about September 15, 2011, Ridenour distributed images of child pornography, and in Count 3 that on or about November 1, 2011, Ridenour possessed numerous images and/or videos depicting child pornography.
An indictment is merely the method by which federal charges are lodged. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.