Child porn conviction brings 20-year federal prison sentence for Champaign man

URBANA – A Champaign man with no criminal history was sentenced Friday to 20 years in the federal penitentiary for receipt and possession of child pornography.

Scott Halliday, 36, whose last known address was on Quince Drive, was convicted by a federal jury in Urbana in February of two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing it.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly Peirson said Halliday had been arrested in May 2009 on the charges, which stemmed from activity that happened in April and May 2008.

Evidence at his trial before Judge Michael McCuskey included testimony that Halliday received and possessed images over his computer of young children being held in bondage and physically assaulted.

Halliday was represented by Assistant U.S. Public Defender John Taylor.

His case was investigated by the Illinois Attorney General's office, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and Champaign police.

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