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Alton Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Possession of Child Pornography

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


Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that James Allen Ridder, 34, of Alton, Illinois, was sentenced in federal court today to ten years’ imprisonment, ten years’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment, following his plea of guilty to possession of child pornography – that is, still images and video images of two minors, ages 15 and 17. The minor victims were children known to Ridder.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

The case was investigated by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, which has a detective assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigations Metro East Cybercrime Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ali Summers and Stephen Clark.


Updated January 26, 2017

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