Child porn charges are putting an Alton man away for up to 20 years. He also faces a $250,000 fine, and up to a life term of supervised release after pleading guilty to the charges, according to United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen R. Wiggington, yesterday. The plea comes after an extensive Internet investigation by the United States Secret Service Illinois Cyber-Crime Unit. The investigation found 33-year-old Shaun Meyer was receiving child porn from a peer-to-peer filing-sharing network. Meyer was indicted for one count of Receipt of Child Pornography. Agents obtained and executed a search warrant of Meyer’s residence and seized his laptop. Meyer admitted to police that he had been downloading child pornography from the Internet for around two years. After a forensic examination of the computer, 171 video files containing child pornography were found. Meyer is facing between 5-20 years, a $250,000 fine, and supervised release of about five years but possibly up to life for the crimes. His sentencing is scheduled for October 22 of this year.

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