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Press Release

Chicago Man Charged with Possessing Child Pornography

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

CHICAGO — A Chicago man was ordered detained in federal custody today for allegedly possessing thousands of photographs and videos of child pornography.

SCOTT RESKEY, 61, is charged with one count of possessing an image of child pornography involving a minor under the age of 12. A search of Reskey’s laptop computer revealed more than 45,000 images and more than 200 videos of apparent child pornography, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Reskey was arrested last week at his home on the Northwest Side of Chicago. He appeared in federal court this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Young B. Kim and was ordered detained in federal custody.

The charge against Reskey arose from a federal investigation of an online community that sent and received child pornography via an anonymous website, according to the complaint. The investigation remains ongoing.

The complaint was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The charge in the complaint is punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Grayson Walker.

Updated February 6, 2017