Three face unrelated federal child porn charges

URBANA — Three area men have been indicted, in unrelated cases, on federal charges of child pornography.

Erik Barthelemy, 27, of Champaign and Danny L. Smith (no age available) of Georgetown were indicted Thursday, and Dustin R. Underwood, 19, of Clinton was indicted in September. All face charges of distribution and possession of child pornography.

Police say the child pornography in each case included depictions of toddlers, according to Sharon Paul of the U.S. attorney's office in Urbana.

The charges were investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations; Champaign, Urbana and Decatur police; and the East Central Illinois Cyber Crimes Working Group, made up of officers from a number of police agencies.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal ordered that all three remain in custody.

Barthelemy, of the 400 block of West Vine Street, Champaign, was arrested on Sept. 10. The indictment charges him with two counts of distribution of child pornography in October 2011, and one count of possession of child pornography on Sept. 10, 2012.

Smith, of the 600 block of East 13th Street, Georgetown, was arrested on Sept. 11, and appeared before Bernthal, who ordered that he remain in custody. The indictment charges Smith with three counts of distribution of child pornography in May and July 2012, and one count of possession of child pornography in September 2012.

Underwood, of the 800 block of East Webster Street, Clinton, is charged with three counts of child pornography distribution in February and March, and one count of possession in August 2012. He was arrested on Aug. 28 and indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 19. His trial has been scheduled for Nov. 26.

Distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory prison term of at least five years on each charge. Possession of child pornography carries a prison term of up to 10 years.

Each indictment seeks forfeiture of computers and related materials.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to fight child sexual exploitation and to identify and rescue victims. More information is online at http://www.justice.gov/psc/about.html.

Comments

News-Gazette.com embraces discussion of both community and world issues. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. We reserve the right to remove any comment at our discretion, and we will block repeat offenders' accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.

Login or register to post comments