ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN ANNOUNCES TWO ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
Chicago - Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced today that a Madison County man and a McHenry County man became the 21st and 22nd arrests in her crackdown on the most active traffickers who download and trade child pornography over the Internet.
“Possession and distribution of child pornography are not victimless crimes. Every time an offender views, downloads or trades images online, innocent children are victimized over and over again,” Attorney General Madigan said. “Child pornography destroys the lives of these young victims. My office will continue to work with our local partners to find these offenders and arrest them.”
McCollom Lake Arrest
“I want the community to know that there is no immediate risk to our children,” said McCullom Lake Police Chief Zachary Beatty. “At this time, the evidence points to the defendant dealing pornography over the Internet.”
East Alton Arrest
Seymour is in custody at the Madison County Jail with bond set at $100,000. Madigan said cooperation among state and local law enforcement is key to the success of this arrest and her efforts in reining in child pornographers throughout Illinois. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted Madigan’s office.
“Child pornographers are continuing to find that their vile acts are not going to be tolerated in Madison County, and that our team of local, county, state and federal law enforcement and prosecutors will not rest until we put an end to these despicable acts,” State’s Attorney Thomas Gibbons said. “I commend the excellent work of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and Attorney General Madigan’s office for their tireless work to help keep the families and children of our communities safe. I am proud to be a part of this important effort and I will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our law enforcement team members in the ongoing fight to protect the citizens of Madison County by getting child predators off the streets and out of our communities.”
Operation Glass House
Studies have shown that users of child pornography are more likely to be sexual abusers of children. There are 21,320 sex offenders listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, of which 85 percent committed a crime against a child. The Illinois Sex Offender Registry is located at www.isp.state.il.us.
Madigan also works with local and national law enforcement organizations to address Internet exploitation of children and women. Madigan’s office, with a grant from the Department of Justice, administers the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, which investigates child exploitation crimes and trains law enforcement. Since 2006, Madigan’s ICAC office has been involved in 367 arrests of sexual predators and provided Internet safety training and education to more than 128,000 parents, teachers and students and more than 10,000 law enforcement professionals.
The public is reminded that both defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.