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Case Number: 2:20-cr-20079-MMM-EIL
Judge: Michael M. Mihm
Court: United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois Champaign County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Urbana, Illinois criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with receipt and possession of child pornography.
Neal A. Evans, 51, previously of Piatt County and now of rural Ogden, Illinois, was indicted for receipt and possession of child pornography.
In July 2021, Evans had entered a plea of guilty to both counts of the indictment: attempted receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography, with both offenses alleged to have occurred in January 2018. Evans was released on bond following arraignment on the indictment but was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals after his guilty plea.
The statutory penalty for receipt of child pornography is five to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000; possession of child pornography carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000.
Following Evans’s release from the Bureau of Prisons, he will be on federal supervised release for eight years and will be required to register as a sex offender.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the Macon County, Illinois, Sheriff’s office, with the assistance of the Decatur Police Department. Evans was previously employed in Macon County. Assistant U. S. Attorney Elly M. Peirson represented the government in the prosecution.
18:2252A.F ACTIVITIES RE MATERIAL CONSTITUTING/CONTAINING CHILD PORNO On or about 1/4/18 in Champaign County, IL defendant knowingly attempted to receive child pornography having been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, in violation of Title 18 USC 2252A(a)(2)(A) and (b)(1)
18:2252A.F ACTIVITIES RE MATERIAL CONSTITUTING/CONTAINING CHILD PORNO On or about 1/10/18 in Macon County, IL defendant knowingly possessed a laptop computer and other digital storage materials containing child pornography in violation of Title 18 USC Sections 2252A(a)(5)(B) and (b)(2)
Outcome: It is the judgment of the Court that the defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the BOP for a term of 60 months. Said term shall consist of 60 months on each of Counts 1 and 2, to run concurrently. Upon release from custody, defendant shall serve a 8 year term of supervised release. Said term shall consist of 8 years on each of Counts 1 and 2, to run concurrently. $200 special assessment imposed.