Waterloo man admits to child porn charges

A Waterloo man who was facing four child pornography-related charges pleaded guilty to those charges in federal court Wednesday.

According to a statement from Acting Southern Illinois U.S. Attorney James Porter, Nicholas J. Perjak, 34, admitted to one count of attempting to access with intent to view child pornography and three counts of accessing with intent to view child pornography.

FBI agents in New Orleans first detected Perjak’s internet activity. The statement said those agents were able to collect computer information from individuals who clicked on website links they believed would lead them to child pornography. Perjak attempted to access child pornography in that manner three times in the spring of 2011.

FBI agents based in Fairview Heights were notified of Perjak’s activity and interviewed him at his Waterloo home in December 2012. In that interview Perjak admitted to viewing child pornography regularly and gave the agents permission to seize his computer.

A forensic examination showed there were 6,164 images depicting child pornography stored on the computer.

Perjak faces up to 10 years in prison, five years to life on parole and $250,000 fines for each count. He’s scheduled to be sentenced June 3.