Belleville Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography
Gregory L. Robinson, 39, of Belleville, IL, was sentenced on October 1, 2012, to 52 months in prison on a one-count indictment charging him with Possession of Child Pornography, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Robinson was also ordered to serve a 10 year term of supervised release, fined $600, ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution to the victim in the “Vicky” series by agreement of the parties, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. Robinson previously pled guilty to the one-count indictment on June 20, 2012.
The violation occurred on June 3, 2010, when a Secret Service Task Force Officer participating in an Internet undercover operation identified a computer in Illinois that had at least 55 image and/or video files depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct that were available to download. The officer downloaded one (1) image file depicting child pornography from that computer. During the investigation, law enforcement officers learned that the computer was located at Robinson’s residence in Belleville, Illinois.
On October 20, 2010, law enforcement officers went to Robinson’s residence, and were given consent to take and search a Dell desktop computer, found in Robinson’s bedroom. A forensic review of this computer revealed over approximately 82 image files and 17 video files of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In a voluntary interview with law enforcement officers, Robinson subsequently admitted possession of the computer knowing that it contained images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 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.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”
The case was investigated by the Illinois State Police, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, the Benton Police Department, the Edwardsville Police Department, and the United States Secret Service’s Southern Illinois Cyber-Crime Unit. The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.