Johnston City, Illinois Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 30, 2009|
A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 22, 2009, DAVID ALAN DONALDSON, age 47, of Johnston City, Illinois, was charged in a Criminal Complaint in United States District Court in Benton with one count of Possession of Child Pornography.
The Complaint alleges that on September 8, 2009, DONALDSON possessed three images of child pornography.
A Criminal Complaint filed by the United States Attorney is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
DONALDSON was taken into federal custody on December 28, 2009, and appeared in United States District Court in Benton. DONALDSON was ordered held without bond and was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.
If convicted, DONALDSON faces a sentence of imprisonment of up to 10 years, a $250,000 fine, or both, and a term of supervised release to follow incarceration of five years to life.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Southern Illinois Cyber Crimes Task Force and the Johnston City Police Department. This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, in which the United States Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with federal and state law enforcement authorities, is actively investigating and prosecuting individuals who produce, distribute, or possess child pornography.
Anyone with information concerning the use of the Internet for the purposes of possessing, producing, or trafficking in child pornography is encouraged to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation or their local police department.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George A. Norwood.