Crime

Granite City man gets 10 years for possession of child porn

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A Granite City man received a 10-year prison sentence Friday for possession of child pornography.

Steven W. Beckman, 64, came under investigation in March 2014. An investigation showed that he had uploaded child pornography to his Facebook page just seven days after being released from prison for a previous child-porn conviction.

Special Federal Officer David Vucich found 187 images and two videos depicting child pornography on CDs seized from Beckman’s home. Most of the images depicted prepubescent males.

Beckman’s previous conviction made him eligible for an increased prison term.

Steve Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said: “This kind of crime is not just a pervert looking at dirty pictures. The children depicted are horribly abused and will be haunted for life. Hopefully, sentences like this one will keep offenders from robbing these children of their innocence.”

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