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East St. Louis man pleads not guilty to child pornography charges

Federal program targets online child predators

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was developed federally in 1998 as the number of children and teenagers using the internet increased and child sexual abuse images became available electronically, authorities say.
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The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was developed federally in 1998 as the number of children and teenagers using the internet increased and child sexual abuse images became available electronically, authorities say.

A man charged by a federal grand jury with producing child pornography pleaded not guilty to the charges in federal court Friday.

Andrew Wigfall, 46, was charged with eight counts of child pornography by U.S. Attorney Steve Weinhoeft’s office. The indictment said that he produced the materials from Dec. 1, 2018, to Jan. 26, 2019, during which time Wigfall knowingly persuaded, induced, enticed and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct so he could photograph her.

Wigfall was ordered detained by the judge until his trial on the charges.

Carolyn P. Smith has worked for the Belleville News-Democrat for 18 years and currently covers breaking news in the Metro-East. She graduated from the Journalism School at the University of Missouri at Columbia and says news is in her DNA.


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