Collinsville Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Offenses
Eric R. Filebark, 41, of Collinsville, IL, was sentenced in federal district court on October 15, 2012, to 144 months in prison for Distribution of Child Pornography (Count 1) and 120 months in prison for Possession of Child Pornography (Count 2), to run concurrently, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Filebark was also ordered to serve a 10 year term of supervised release on Count 1 and a 5 year term of supervised release on Count 2, also to run concurrently, fined $200 on each count for a total fine of $400, ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution to the victim in the “Cindy” series and $1,000 in restitution to the victim in the “Jan_Feb series (by agreement of the parties), and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment. Filebark previously pled guilty to the Indictment on May 23, 2012, and has been detained (held without bond) since that date.
The violation referenced in 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, six (6) of which depicted 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 six (6) images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct were downloaded, via the internet, on February 15, 2011, and 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 Filebark and other individuals which showed that Filebark actively traded child pornography.
In an interview, Filebark acknowledged using at least two (2) different file sharing programs to download files and to selecting “yes” when asked if he wanted to share images and/or videos contained in the default folder when he installed one of the file sharing programs on the ASUS desktop computer. Filebark told the officers that he was the only person who used the ASUS desktop computer.
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 United States Secret Service’s Southern Illinois Cyber Crime Unit. The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.