A Glen Carbon man pleaded guilty in federal district court Monday to charges of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton.
Arlynn Gene Georgeson, 54, faces 5-20 years behind bars and a fine up to $250,000 on the first count and 10-20 years and a fine of up to $250,000 on the second.
Georgeson also agreed to forfeit the computer used to commit the charged offenses. In addition, upon his release from prison, Georgeson must register as a sex offender as a condition of his supervised release. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 1.
Evidence presented in the Monday hearing revealed that, on Sept. 27, 2011, during an undercover operation, two FBI agents in separate states were both able to download images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct from a computer that was later linked to Georgeson. Both offices forwarded this information to the FBI's Fairview Heights Office which obtained a search warrant for Georgeson's residence in Glen Carbon, Illinois.
A forensic examination of the Dell laptop revealed approximately 16,282 images and 512 videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The examination also revealed that several of the images of the minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct had been downloaded by Georgeson, using a file sharing program, on Dec. 28, 2011.
Some of the photos and videos on Georgeson's laptop were of infants.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, an initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat 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, 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation's Metro East Cyber Crimes and Analysis Task Force. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.