A Glen Carbon man was sentenced on Friday to eight years in prison for child pornography charges.
Arlynn G. Georgeson, 54, was sentenced in federal court in East St. Louis to serve time for his guilty pleas to receipt of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possession of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Once he serves his time, he will serve five years of supervised release on each count and be required to register as a sex offender.
Evidence presented at sentencing showed that 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 in 2011.
Both offices forwarded this information to the FBI's Springfield Child Exploitation Task Force located in its Fairview Heights Office. Members of the task force subsequently obtained a search warrant for Georgeson's home in Glen Carbon. A forensic examination of a laptop found in the home revealed 16,282 images and 512 videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. A majority of the images and videos showed children between the ages of 2 and 12. There were also images on the laptop of children between the age of 2 and 5 being sexually assaulted.
Georgeson admitted to agents the laptop computer and the images belonged to him and he had downloaded them using a file sharing program.