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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

North Suburban Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison on Child Pornography Charges

CHICAGO — A north suburban man has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for distributing thousands of sexually explicit images and videos of children.

RONALD FEDER offered to give child pornography to an individual he met online in exchange for what Feder thought would be access to molest the individual’s nephew and niece.  During a December 2017 meeting in a coffee shop in Lincolnwood, Feder handed the individual a flash drive containing approximately 453 videos and 7,932 images of child pornography.  Unbeknownst to Feder, the individual was an undercover law enforcement officer, and the nephew and niece did not exist.   Feder was arrested at the coffee shop and has remained in custody since then. 

The online communication and coffee shop meeting occurred while Feder was free on bond in connection with a previous child pornography charge.

Feder, 32, of Skokie, pleaded guilty earlier this year to child pornography charges in both cases.  U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly on Tuesday imposed a total sentence of 25 years in prison, to be followed by 25 years of supervised release.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Brian Benczkowski, Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division; Leo Lamont, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Resident Agency Great Lakes; James M. Gibbons, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and Josh Kaul, Wisconsin Attorney General.  Substantial assistance was provide by the Skokie Police Department.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Dixon and Jennifer Maguire.

In the first case against Feder, a grand jury in Chicago indicted him in 2016 for possessing a sexually explicit image of a minor under the age of twelve.  The conduct occurred while Feder was working as a civilian employee of the Armed Forces and living overseas.  Feder initially pleaded not guilty to that charge and was ordered released on bond in September 2016, with a condition of the release prohibiting him from accessing the internet.

Feder violated the bond condition when he went online and began communicating with the undercover officer.  Using the online aliases “Tom Bradly” and “Jack Wayne,” Feder engaged in online and telephone communications with the undercover officer prior to the meeting in the Lincolnwood coffee shop.

If you believe you are a victim of sexual exploitation, you are encouraged to call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.  The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Topic(s): 
Cyber Crime
Violent Crime
Updated August 14, 2019