Edwardsville man faces federal child pornography charge

News-DemocratJuly 10, 2013 

An Edwardsville man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges.

Christopher P. Hill, 54, was indicted Wednesday in East St. Louis of knowingly receiving child pornography, according to Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois

The charge alleges Hill used a computer and peer-to-peer sharing software between November 2011 and January 2013 to download thousands of child pornography images and videos.

Hill has pleaded not guilty to the charge. He faces a sentence up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and supervised release for life if convicted. Hill was ordered released on a $20,000 bond with conditions that include electronic monitoring, no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18 and no Internet access.

His trial is scheduled for Sept. 9.

This case is being investigated by agents of the U.S. Secret Service, the Edwardsville Police Department, the Greenville Police Department, the Illinois State Police, the Madison County Sheriff's Department and the FBI Cybercrime Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan D. Stump is prosecuting the case.

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