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Former Waterloo man sentenced to prison for child porn

A former Waterloo resident was sentenced to five years in federal prison Friday after he tried to view child pornography on his laptop.

Nicholas J. Perjak, 35, pleaded guilty to four child pornography-related charges in February. Acting U.S. Attorney James Porter said Perjak was sentenced in the Southern Illinois District on a four-count superseding indictment charging him with attempt to access with intent to view child pornography and three counts of access with intent to view child pornography.

Porter said Perjak was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release on each count, fined $400 and ordered to pay a $400 special assessment.

The charges stem from an investigation by the FBI’s New Orleans’ Office in which an individual, using a particular IP address, visited a website and clicked on a link to view child pornography. Porter said an administrative subpoena determined that one of the captured IP addresses was registered to Perjak at his prior residence in Waterloo.

Authorities said Perjak attempted to access child pornography at a website three times in 2011. Task Force Officers with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force conducted an interview with Perjak in Dec. 2012 where Porter said the defendant admitted to viewing child pornography for approximately two years and described it as an addiction.

A forensic review of Perjak’s Dell laptop computer revealed approximately 6,164 image files of child pornography. The forensic review also revealed that Perjak searched for and accessed both image and video files of child pornography three times in 2012.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, and was investigated by the FBI’s New Orleans’ Office and the FBI’s Springfield Child Exploitation Task Force. The case was assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Scott.

Kaitlyn Schwers: 618-239-2526, @kaitlynschwers