Man sentenced to probation in child porn case

Man sentenced to probation in child porn case

URBANA — A 54-year-old Urbana man who was looking at child pornography on his laptop computer outside the Illini Union last summer has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Champaign County Judge John Kennedy on Friday confirmed the sentence for Timothy Gotsch, 54, whose last known address was in the 200 block of Hartle Avenue. Gotsch pleaded guilty in November to possession of child pornography, admitting that he had lewd pictures of girls as young as 5 on his computer.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the charge stemmed from an Aug. 31 incident during which University of Illinois police officers saw Gotsch using a laptop computer while seated at a table on the south patio of the Union.

He appeared to be viewing images of teenage girls in swimsuits. Officers questioned him and he admitted using the UI's wireless connection to view pornographic images of girls as young as 5.

Rietz said UI police got a search warrant for Gotsch's computer, which showed that he had accessed pornography sites and had multiple pornographic images of children under 18 saved on the computer.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said Gotsch had a prior conviction from 1987 out of DuPage County for a controlled substance violation but nothing else on his record.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

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