A 37-year-old Alton man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to three federal counts of child pornography in May.  Robert Ridenour, formerly of the 1200 block of West 9th Street, pleaded guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography, Distribution of Child Pornography, and Possession of Child Pornography.  

Because he has a prior conviction for aggravated criminal sexual assault involving a minor, the penalties for these new offenses increase.  In addition to the prison sentence, he will spend a lifetime of supervised release, pay a total fine of $1,200 and a $300 special assessment.  Ridenour's arrest was the result of a day-long sex offender compliance check last fall in Alton.  The State of Illinois offers an online resource to track sex offenders living near you, and you can find the link below:

http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/

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