Man faces federal child-porn charges

Man faces federal child-porn charges

PEORIA — A Sullivan man accused of having and distributing child pornography has been indicted for that offense.

A release from the office of Jim Lewis, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, said that a federal grand jury in Peoria on Wednesday indicted Justen W. Troxell, 30.

The indictment alleges that in June, Troxell distributed and possessed images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The indictment seeks forfeiture of his computers and related materials allegedly used to commit or promote the crimes.

Troxell was arrested June 26 and charged in a criminal complaint. During a court appearance in Urbana that same day, U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long ordered Troxell held in the custody of the U.S. Marshal.

If convicted, the penalty for each count of the two counts of distribution of child pornography is a mandatory minimum of five years in prison up to 20 years. The penalty for possession of child pornography — Troxell is charged in one count — is up to 10 years in prison.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly M. Peirson and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Illinois State Police, and the Tuscola and Sullivan Police Departments.

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