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Rockford Man Sentenced to 36 Years in Federal Prison for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

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

ROCKFORD — A Rockford man has been sentenced to 36 years in federal prison on charges of sexual exploitation of children.

U.S. District Judge Philip G. Reinhard imposed the sentence Friday on NATHAN TAUCK, 32, and ordered that it be followed by a lifetime of court-supervised release.  Judge Reinhard also ordered Tauck to pay $60,000 in restitution to his victims.

The sentence was announced by Morris Pasqual, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and R. Sean Fitzgerald, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of Homeland Security Investigations.  The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica S. Maveus.

Tauck admitted in a plea agreement that in 2015 he knowingly persuaded and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child sexual abuse material, which he then shared online via a social media application.  Tauck further admitted to possessing more than 600 images and videos of child sexual abuse material, three of which he shared on social media.

Shortly after committing the exploitation offense in Rockford, Tauck moved to Europe and later to China, where he worked as a teacher and engaged in the possession and distribution of child pornography.  While in China, Tauck exchanged sexual exploitation materials online with another individual, to whom Tauck indicated he was attempting to purchase an infant with the intent of sexually abusing the child. 

Tauck was detained in China and sent back to the United States in 2018 after Homeland Security Investigations collaborated with Chinese authorities.

Updated May 15, 2023

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