Belleville man sentenced in child pornography case

News-DemocratJuly 16, 2013 

A Belleville man will spend the next decade in federal prison after admitting he downloaded and shared child pornography for at least 10 years.

Joseph Millard, 50, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis Tuesday on the charge of receipt and possession of child pornography. In addition to his prison sentenced, Millard was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to the victim of his offenses and will be required to be on federal supervised release for 10 years after he serves his sentence. Millard will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

In January 2012, an undercover investigation conducted by agents from the Illinois Attorney General High Tech Crimes Bureau found that Millard was offering child pornography files for download using a peer-to-peer file sharing network. When a warrant was executed on Millard's home and computer, Millard admitted that he had been downloading child pornography for about 10 years, according to U.S. Attorney Steve Wigginton.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ali Summers.