Charles E. Hicks, 24, of Cahokia, has been found guilty of three counts of child pornography related charges and faces up to 60 years in prison, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton.
Following a three-day trial, a jury convicted Hicks on Thursday of production, receipt and possession of child pornography. He was ordered held without bail following the jury's verdict. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 28.
Cumulatively, Hicks faces between 20 and 60 years in prison, according to the release. His conviction resulted from an undercover operation began by a member of the Southern Illinois Cyber Crime Unit of the U.S. Secret Service in January 2011.
The Secret Service agent identified Hicks' residence as the location of a computer offering to share images and videos of child pornography on the internet file-sharing site LimeWire. Federal agents found 159 images and 130 files of child pornography on a computer Hicks stored at his mother's house in Belleville, according to the release.
The federal investigation also found Hicks took two pornographic photos of a 16-year-old minor on Aug. 1, 2008. One of the photos depicted Hicks having sex with the minor.