Champaign man indicted on child porn charges

Champaign man indicted on child porn charges

URBANA — A federal grand jury indicted a Champaign man on Wednesday on child-pornography charges.

Mu-Tsun Tsai, 27, who listed an address in the 500 block of South First Street, Champaign, was indicted for the distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal ordered that Tsai, who was arrested July 24 and described as a Taiwanese national graduate student, continue to be held in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

According to the indictment, Tsai distributed images of child pornography by way of the Internet from about March 21 to about April 30.

He was also charged with two counts of receiving images of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

In addition, the indictment asks for the forfeiture of a computer and other items Tsai allegedly used.

According to Sharon Paul, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Central District of Illinois, the incidents were investigated by the Champaign Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations and the East Central Illinois Cyber Crimes Working Group.

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