A Wood River man will spend 10 years in jail following his conviction on child pornography charges.  71 year old Charlie Jarrett was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis for distribution and possession of child pornography.  He will remain on supervised release for life and must register as a sex offender.  

Jarrett was arrested following an undercover Internet investigation in February 2012 in which the FBI determined he was sharing child pornography using a peer-to-peer file sharing network.  Agents executed a search warrant on his home and seized his computer, CD's and DVD's containing hundreds of photos and videos of child pornography.  U.S. District Judge Patrick Murphy noted during sentencing that Jarrett had possessed and distributed such shocking material and hoped the sentence would be a warning to others who are involved in the crime of child pornography to consider their actions and the young, innocent victims that are involved.   Murphy noted Jarrett's sentence would have been longer were it not for his already advanced age.   The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, an effort started in 2006 to battle child sexual exploitation and abuse. 

 

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