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Collinsville Man Pleads Guilty to child pornography offenses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2012

A Collinsville man pled guilty in federal court on May 23, 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.

Eric R. Filebark, 41, of Collinsville, Ill. - faces a term of imprisonment on Count 1 of not less
than five (5) 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. Filebark faces a term of imprisonment on Count 2 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.
Sentencing is set August 27, 2012. Filebark was ordered held without bond, pending sentencing.
Investigation showed that Count 1 occurred on February 15, 2011, when an officer
participating in an Internet undercover operation identified a computer in Illinois offering to share
65 images that contained names indicative of child pornography. The officer downloaded seven (7)
images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct from the suspect computer. Further
investigation revealed that the computer was located at Eric Filebark’s residence in Collinsville,
Illinois. Additional investigation determined that the seven (7) images downloaded, via the internet,
on February 15, 2011, were knowingly distributed by Filebark.

During the execution of a federal search warrant at Filebark’s residence on March 15, 2011,
an ASUS desktop computer was seized from Filebark’s home office. A forensic review of the ASUS
desktop computer revealed approximately 647 images of minors engaging in sexually explicit
conduct in Filebark’s Yahoo! Instant Messenger cache file (Count 2). Also located on the computer
were chat logs between the defendant and other individuals which showed that Filebark actively
traded child pornography.

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 United States Secret Service’s Southern Illinois Cyber

Crime Unit. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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