Metro-East News

Granite City man headed to prison for possessing child pornography

A Granite City man on Tuesday was sentenced to 12 years in prison for possession of child pornography.

Ronnie Parente Jr., 35, had possession of digital files of child pornography, including one of girls under the age of 13 participating in sexual acts with an adult man, according to a federal investigation. An FBI officer conducting an online investigation on BitTorrent was sent the files from the IP address associated with Parente.

He will have to register as a sex offender, pay $5,100 in special assessments and be under 10 years of supervised release due to the conviction. Parente was previously convicted in 2004 in Madison County for child pornography.

The case was brought as part of the national Project Safe Childhood program, which started in 2006 and aims to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.

The program, launched by the Department of Justice, marshals federal, state and local resources to prosecute people who sexually exploit children and help victims.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6