Illinois Man Sentenced to 7 Years After Guilty Plea to Sex Crimes
Following an investigation that commenced in December last year, a 22-year-old Illinois man was recently sentenced to incarceration for seven years. The man reportedly pleaded guilty in a county court to sex crimes regarding child pornography that investigators found on his computer. The search of his computer took place after investigators visited the man’s residence to verify his compliance regarding the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act.
According to court documents, a search warrant was obtained after detectives confirmed the IP address of the man’s computer and learned from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that child pornography downloads had been made to that IP address. Investigators reportedly found multiple images and videos containing sexually explicit images of children younger than 13. Based on the obtained evidence, the man was arrested and charged.
Investigators stated that, during an interview, the man admitted to downloading the material and saving it in folders on his home computer. He also provided them with information related to the search terms he used when searching the Internet. After completing his jail sentence, this man’s name will remain on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry for the remainder of his life.
When Illinois residents are accused of sex crimes, they are typically advised not to agree to interviews with investigators or police officers. It is not uncommon for things to be said or done during such interviews to jeopardize a person’s case. Accused individuals have the right to refuse to answer questions and are also entitled to retain the services of an experienced attorney. A lawyer will evaluate the formal accusations and the available evidence before suggesting an appropriate defense strategy.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Boulder Hill man gets seven years in prison for child porn possession“, Erika Wurst, Aug. 18, 2015
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