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North Pekin Man Charged with Soliciting an Obscene Visual Depiction of a Minor and Distribution of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of Illinois

PEORIA, Ill. –Larry Daniel Saal, 53, of North Pekin, Ill., was indicted on September 21, 2021 for allegations related to solicitation of a minor and distribution of child pornography.  

The indictment alleges that Saal knowingly solicited material that contains an obscene visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, and knowingly distributed child pornography in Tazwell County and elsewhere in the Central District of Illinois.

Saal is currently in custody of the United States Marshal Service.

If convicted, the maximum statutory penalties for the alleged crimes charged are 20-year terms of imprisonment for each count, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime term of supervised release.  Special assessments also apply.

The charge is a result of an investigation by Washington Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Hollingshead-Cook is representing the government in the prosecution.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. 

The case against Saal was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a Department of Justice initiative led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), to marshal federal, state, and local resources to 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

Updated September 30, 2021

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