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Mascoutah Man Sentenced for Enticement of a Minor and Distribution of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2012

A Mascoutah man, Jeremy S. Beasley, 22, was sentenced on May 31, 2012, for Enticement
of a Minor (Count 1) and Distribution of Child Pornography (Count 2), the United States Attorney
for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Jeremy S. Beasley, 22, of Mascoutah, Illinois, was sentenced on May 31, 2012, to a total of
120 months imprisonment, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen
R. Wigginton, announced today. The sentence consists of 120 months imprisonment on both counts,
to run concurrently. Beasley was also ordered to serve 20 years supervised release on both counts,
to run concurrently; fined $500 on each count, for a total fine of $1,000, and ordered to pay a $200
special assessment. Beasley pled guilty to the two-count Information on February 28, 2012.
The violation charged in Count 1 occurred on September 6, 2010, when the defendant, posing
as a 16 year old boy on MySpace, asked an individual who he believed to be a 14 year old girl to
send him sexually explicit images of herself, to include full frontal nudes and close ups of her genital
area.

The violation charged in Count 2 occurred on August 11, 2010, when an officer participating
in an Internet undercover operation downloaded 18 images and/or videos containing child
pornography from what was later determined to be the defendant’s computer at the residence he
shared with his parents in Masoutah, Illinois.

Beasley provided a voluntary statement to law enforcement officers in which he admitted
recently using a file sharing program to download child pornography to his computer. Beasley stated
that his file sharing account was set to share, and that he knew that other individuals could access
and download the images of child pornography from his computer. Beasley said that he traded
and/or distributed child pornography with 15 to 20 friends. Finally, Beasley stated anything on the
computer seized from his residence, from which the files had been downloaded, belonged to him,
and that no one else used this computer.

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 Wheaton, Illinois, Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Metro East Cyber Crimes and Analysis Task Force.

The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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