Smithton man faces child porn charges

News-DemocratAugust 23, 2013 

AP

A Smithton man has been indicted on federal child pornography charges.

Kyle W. Oberg, 37, was charged with production of child pornography and possession of child pornography. The crimes he is charged with allegedly happened between Nov. 23 and June 27, according to Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis.

"My office will not cease to protect the most vulnerable individuals in our society," Wigginton said. "Crimes against children hurt every member of our society."

A trial date for Oberg has been set for Oct. 28. If he is convicted of the charges, he faces up to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least five years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence.

Oberg remains in jail without bond.

The case was investigated by the Smithton Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service Southern Illinois Cyber-Crime Unit.

Prosecution of the case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Scott.