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Northern District of Illinois
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June 3, 2015

Former Sycamore Resident Sentenced to 97 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

ROCKFORD—A former Sycamore, Ill. resident was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala for possessing child pornography. MICHAEL PODOLSKY, 27, now of Elkader, Iowa, who pled guilty to the charge on January 27, 2015, was sentenced to 97 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release. In his written plea agreement, Podolsky admitted 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, and that among the images he possessed were images that depicted prepubescent minors engaged in sadistic conduct and violence.

The sentencing 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 was represented by Assistant United States Attorney Michael D. Love.

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