A Panamanian citizen accused of living in Glen Carbon illegally has been charged with three felony counts in federal court.
Paul Jimenez-Kuchler, 29, was charged with receipt of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, possession of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and possession of a counterfeit alien registration card.
Jimenez-Kuchler was ordered to be held without bond.
Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said Jimenez-Kuchler downloaded the child pornography June 5, and he was arrested the following day.
A trial date had not been set. If convicted of receipt of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, Jimenez-Kuchler faces a term of 5-20 years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, and a supervised release for five years up to life. A conviction on the charge of possession of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct could include an enhanced prison term because some of the minors were under the age of 12. The suspect could face 20 years of incarceration and a fine up to $250,000 and up to a life sentence of supervised release.
If convicted of possession of a counterfeit alien registration card, Jimenez-Kuchler faces a prison term of up to 10 years, a fine up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release of not more than three years.
Wigginton said the case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.