Metro-East News

Godfrey man to serve 5 years for downloading child pornography

Jeremy Foster, of Godfrey, was sentenced to five years in prison for receiving child pornography, U.S. Attorney Donald Boyce announced Tuesday.

According to a news release from Boyce’s office, the Federal Police of Switzerland seized a server in Zurich, Switzerland, in October 2014 that was running a child pornography website.

After seizing the server, investigators identified more than 800 United States IP addresses that had downloaded child pornography from the website.

The release stated one of those addresses was registered to 32-year-old Foster.

“Agents from the St. Louis division of Homeland Security conducted the local investigation,” the release stated. “Foster’s laptop was seized and a forensic search revealed that on October 4, 2015, Foster downloaded multiple videos containing child pornography.”

He later confessed to downloading and viewing the material in an interview with Homeland Security agents.

In addition to Foster’s prison sentence, he will pay a $3,000 fine, a $100 special assessment fee and serve five years of supervised released.