Rockford Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges
ROCKFORD — A Rockford man was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on charges of child pornography.
PIERRE D. HAYES, 27, was charged with three counts of transporting child pornography via the internet in 2015.
Each count of transporting child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison, as well as a $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 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 government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Monica V. Mallory.