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

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Urbana Man To Serve 25 Years In Prison for Child Pornography Offenses

 

Urbana, Ill. – An Urbana, Ill., man, Shannon Logan, 35, of the 1400 block of Scovill St., today was ordered to serve 25 years in prison for distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography, as announced by U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis, Central District of Illinois. In addition, Logan was ordered to register as a sex offender for natural life and to remain on supervised release for an additional 30 years following completion of his prison sentence.

U.S. District Judge Colin S. Bruce found that Logan has engaged in a pattern of sexual abuse of a minor. Logan was sentenced to the statutory maximum sentence of 240 months (20 years) in prison for count one of the indictment, distribution of child pornography, and 120 months (10 years) for possession of child pornography. For receipt of child pornography, Logan was also ordered to serve the statutory maximum 240 months in prison, to be served as 180 months concurrent and 60 months (five years) consecutive to the imposed sentence.  

Logan pled guilty on Oct. 2, 2014, to trading images, via the internet, of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and retaining the images and videos he traded on computer storage devices. Logan has remained in the custody of law enforcement since he was arrested on May 30, 2014, on state child pornography charges.

The charges were investigated by the Urbana Police Department and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly Peirson in cooperation with the office of Champaign County State=s Attorney Julia Rietz.

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. Attorney's 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 23, 2015