A Bethalto man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for producing child pornography. 47-year-old Walter Lewis Sherman has been in custody since his arrest in January of 2011. United Sates Attorney Stephen Wiggington called this an “appropriately harsh sentence for a very disturbing crime."
Sherman pled guilty to Production of Child Pornography on December 2, 2013. The violation occurred from approximately December of 2008 to July 2010 in Madison County, and involved a kindergarten-aged child. Sherman admitted to taking still photographs of the nude child, consisting of extreme close-up images. After his release from prison, he will be on supervised release for the rest of his life. There is no parole in the federal system.