Suburban Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Possessing Child Pornography
CHICAGO — A former suburban man was sentenced today to one month more than the mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. The defendant, BRIAN PERRON, 41, formerly of Wood Dale, pleaded guilty in April 2012, admitting then that he had sexually molested two children he was babysitting when he was 19 years old. He faced the 10-year mandatory minimum sentence because of a 2006 state conviction for possessing child pornography, and he was attempting to obtain additional child pornography depicting sexual abuse when he was arrested on the federal charges.
Perron, who has been in federal custody almost four years, was sentenced to 121 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, by U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman. He must serve at least 85 percent of his federal sentence before he is eligible for release and there is no parole in the federal prison system.
Perron was arrested in July 2009 after Homeland Security Investigations agents executed a search warrant at his home and seized an external computer hard drive that contained 97 images and 21 videos depicting child pornography. The search and arrest stemmed from an HSI investigation of a commercial website that advertised and sold videos of children being forced to perform sexual acts with adults.
Perron “not only collected images and videos of child pornography, but he was attempting to purchase a membership to a child pornography library to obtain more material,” the government argued in a sentencing memo.
The sentence was announced today by Gary S. Shapiro, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Gary Hartwig, Special Agent-in-Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Chicago.
The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony U. Iweagwu, Jr.