Rockford Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges
ROCKFORD — A Rockford man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges.
NATHAN R. TAUCK, 25, was charged Thursday with one count of enticing and coercing a minor victim to engage in sexually explicit conduct that exhibited the minor’s genitals and pubic area for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of the sexually explicit conduct; and four counts of transporting child pornography via the internet.
The indictment was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and James M. Gibbons, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Chicago.
The charge of enticing a minor victim to engage in sexually explicit conduct carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years, and a $250,000 maximum fine; each count of transporting child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years, as well as $250,000 maximum fine. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and 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 government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Love.