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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 22, 2016

Evansville man sentenced for possession of child pornography

Second offense earns a mandatory minimum sentence

Evansville –United States Attorney Josh Minkler announced today that Christopher N. Gill, 36 of Evansville, Indiana, was sentenced to 120 months (10 years) in prison by U.S. District Chief Judge Richard L. Young following his guilty plea to possession of child pornography. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crimes Task Force, the Evansville Police Department and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department.

On December 12, 2015, at the time of his guilty plea, Gill admitted to the Court that on November 11, 2014, he downloaded multiple images depicting minors under the age of 12, engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The images were obtained using his cellular telephone and uploaded to a Google internet-based data storage account. Gill was subject to a mandatory minimum ten year sentence because he has a prior conviction involving the possession of child pornography.

Gill is required to register as a sex offender due to a 2010 conviction in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, for possession of child pornography.  In January 2015, Gill was called into the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s office by an officer responsible for maintaining accurate information on the registry.  Gill was questioned about an email account he failed to disclose and admitted that the account belonged to him.  The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department registration rules require sex offenders to disclose all their e-mail and social network accounts. 

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd S. Shellenbarger, who prosecuted the case for the government, Judge Young imposed a lifetime term of supervised release following Gill’s release from prison. Gill must register as a sex offender, may not have unsupervised contact with minors and must participate in a sex offender treatment program while on supervision.

Updated January 22, 2016