Potomac man was arrested on federal child pornography charges

Potomac man was arrested on federal child pornography charges

URBANA — A rural Potomac man was arrested Thursday on federal child pornography charges.

Robert Lee Garrison, 43, was arrested after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with receipt and possession of child pornography.

Garrison was charged following an investigation by the FBI and the Vermilion County sheriff’s office.

According to the indictment, Garrison received and possessed images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct from August 2006 to May 2011. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of Garrison’s computers and related materials he allegedly used to commit or promote the offenses.

If Garrison is convicted of receipt of child pornography, he faces between five and 20 years in prison and a term of supervised release of up to life following imprisonment. If a defendant has a prior child sex abuse or child pornography conviction, the statutory penalty increases to 15 to 40 years in prison. If he is convicted of possession of child pornography, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Garrison, who was released on $10,000 bond, is due back in court on Aug. 4, before Chief U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid in Peoria. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly Peirson.

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