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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Central District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 18, 2013

Springfield Man Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison For Receiving Child Pornography

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Springfield, Ill., man, Kievan R. Walters, III, 24, was taken into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service today immediately following his sentencing hearing for receiving child pornography.  U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough sentenced Walters, of the 900 block of North Indiana Avenue, Springfield, Ill., to 14 years in federal prison to be followed by 25 years of supervised release following completion of the prison sentence.    

Walters pled guilty on Jul. 23, 2013, to one count of receiving child pornography in the fall of 2012. 

The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Harris prosecuted the case.

The 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 U.S. 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.

Updated June 22, 2015