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July 2, 2009

DuPAGE COUNTY MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CONVICTION

Chicago – Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that a Lisle man was sentenced this week to three years in prison and one year of mandatory supervised release after pleading guilty to a child pornography charge. The Attorney General's office co-prosecuted the case with the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

On Tuesday, June 30, Circuit Court Judge Kathryn Creswell sentenced Gregory Anderson, 47, to the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) for the Class 3 felony of Possession of Child Pornography. The court also ordered Anderson to submit a DNA sample, pay a $1,000 fine and register as a sex offender.

The sentencing was the result of an extensive, multi-city investigation initiated by Madigan's office called Operation "We C-U," to identify and locate suspects like Anderson who trade videos containing child pornography. In November 2007, undercover investigators with Madigan's High Tech Crimes Bureau downloaded three movies containing child pornography that Anderson offered over the Internet. He was arrested in February 2008 at his residence by Lisle Police as part of the "We C-U" operation. The initial examination by a Naperville Police Department detective revealed child pornography on Anderson's computer. Madigan's High Tech Crimes Bureau performed a detailed forensic analysis of the computer.

"This conviction demonstrates the success of collaborative efforts in which my office teams with police and prosecutors across Illinois to protect families and children from exploitation," Madigan said.

Anderson remains free on bond pending his assignment and transfer to an IDOC facility on September 1, 2009. Judge Creswell ordered that Anderson forfeit to the Naperville Police Department all personal computer items that contained child pornography.

Assistant Attorney General Daniel Spillman of Madigan's High Tech Crimes Bureau co-prosecuted the case with DuPage County Assistant State's Attorney Ken Tatarelis.

Through a grant from the Department of Justice, the Attorney General operates the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force which has 106 affiliated agencies throughout Illinois. Illinois ICAC is one of 61 similar organizations nationwide designed to investigate child exploitation crimes and deliver Internet safety education. Through May 2009, the Illinois ICAC task force provided Internet safety training and education to more than 87,000 parents and students, 7,093 law enforcement officers and prosecutors and responded to 1,556 cyber tips received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

For more information, click on: http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/children/safetytips.html.

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