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A Bond County man convicted of possession of child pornography was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on June 17.
A U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, said that Daniel Allen Neer, 38, formerly of Mulberry Grove, was ordered to serve the statutory maximum 10-year sentence consecutively to an undischarged six-year sentence he is serving based upon his 2012 conviction in Bond County for aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim between the ages of 13 and 16.
The federal case is based upon conduct that occurred in May 2011, and the state case was based upon criminal acts that occurred in 2010, Wigginton said.
After his release from the federal sentence of imprisonment, Neer will serve a lifetime term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.
Neer stipulated to the entry of an order requiring him to pay $1,000 in restitution to two of the victims depicted in his collection of child pornography.
The investigation started in May 2011, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation learned that Neer had a collection of child pornography as it was conducting an investigation of other individuals in the area who were sexually exploiting minors.
On May 13, 2011, an individual with authority over the desktop computer in defendant’s home gave authorities permission to seize and search it.
On May 20, 2011, the FBI contacted the defendant at his employer’s place of business in Moline and seized a laptop computer from him.
In total, the computers contained 35 images of child pornography.
Neer pleaded guilty to the charges on March 8.
“We are pleased that this dangerous child sex offender received a consecutive sentence, rather than the concurrent sentence he requested. We aggressively pursue and bring to justice child sex offenders and those individuals who seek to exploit children,” Wigginton said.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield Division, which operates a task force dedicated to investigating cybercrimes. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne M. Garrison.
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.”