U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Illinois
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January 27, 2015

Former Sycamore Resident Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

ROCKFORD , IL—A former Sycamore, Ill. resident pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala to possessing child pornography. MICHAEL PODOLSKY, 27, now of Elkader, Iowa, admitted in the written plea agreement that on and prior to July 12, 2013, he owned and was in possession of a computer at his home in Sycamore that contained more than 600 images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Podolsky faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography, a term of supervised release following imprisonment of at least five years and up to life, and a fine of up to $250,000. The actual sentence will be determined by a United States District Court Judge, guided by the United States Sentencing Guidelines. Sentencing for Podolsky is set for April 29, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.

The guilty plea was announced today by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Glenn Theriault, Chief of the Sycamore Police Department.

The government is represented by Assistant United States Attorney Michael D. Love.

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