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Rantoul Man Sentenced to 7 1/2 Years in Prison for Trafficking, Possession of Child Pornography

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

URBANA, Ill. – Senior U.S. District Judge Michael M. Mihm today sentenced William Armstrong, 25, of the 1100 block of Falcon Dr., Rantoul, Ill., to serve 90 months in federal prison for transportation and possession of child pornography. Judge Mihm noted the violent nature of the images of infants and toddlers in violent and sadistic depictions.

On Aug. 21, 2020, Armstrong entered a plea of guilty to the indictment that charged him with one count of transportation and one count of possession of child pornography. Armstrong has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest on June 12, 2020.

Following Armstrong’s release from prison at the end of his prison term, he will remain on federal supervised release for 10 years and will be required to register as a sex offender.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly M. Peirson. The charges were investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations; the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office; and the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. 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

Updated December 3, 2020

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