Belleville Police have charged a 32-year-old man with possessing and disseminating child pornography.
Bryan J. Back of Belleville, was charged with two counts of disseminating child pornography of a child younger than 13, a class X felony, and 28 counts of possession of child pornography of a child under 13, a class 2 felony.
Back’s bond was set at $300,000. He is still in custody.
In October, Belleville detectives assigned to investigate Internet Crimes Against Children received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
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The tip suggested a person in the Belleville area was uploading and downloading child pornography, according to a news release. Detectives began an investigation that required multiple search warrants and surveillance details.
The investigation culminated with a search warrant issued on Thursday for the Back’s residence in the 400 Block of Williamsburg Drive in Shiloh, but within Belleville’s jurisdiction.
Belleville detectives were accompanied by investigators with the Illinois Attorney General’s office and a St. Clair County assistant state’s attorney.
During the search of Back’s residence, multiple electronic devices were seized and analyzed and police found multiple computer files containing child pornography were located, they said.
According to search warrants filed in the case, police found 96 emails sent to and from an IP address associated with Back that included pictures and videos of children engaging in sexual conduct and sexual activity.
During the investigation police even saw Back leaving his residence with two juvenile males.
St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said the investigation is ongoing.
“We’ll be using the Child Advocacy Center to follow up with any child which may have been in proximity with the defendant to make a determination if there is any cause for concern beyond what we have charged today,” Kelly said.