EAST ST. LOUIS — A federal grand jury has indicted Adam B. Hill, 35, of Godfrey, for receipt of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said in a press release Thursday.
The indictment alleges that between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, Hill knowingly received visual depictions containing child pornography using a facility of interstate commerce.
A trial date has not been set. If convicted of receipt of child pornography, Hill faces a jail term of not less than five years up to 20 years, a fine up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of not less than five years up to life.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant that is comprised of the essential facts constituting the offense charged. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. attorneys’ offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”
This investigation was conducted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Ali Summers for prosecution.