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Former resident gets eight years for child pornography

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

A former Vandalia man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to possessing child pornography has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

The eight-year sentence handed down for Dustin K. Haupt, 31, of Carlyle, will run concurrently with a three-year sentence for aggravated battery.

The two sentences issued earlier this month by Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm a little more than three months after Haupt pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

He was charged with two counts of that felony offense in February of this year in which Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel alleged that Haupt possessed “by computer,” photos of children engaged in sexual activity whom Haupt should have known were under the age of 18.

In accepting Haupt’s plea agreement, Friedel’s office stipulated that it would not seek a prison term of more than 10 years.

After Haupt was charged with pornography, Friedel’s office filed an amended petition to revoke his probation on a charge of aggravated battery.

Haupt pleaded guilty in October of last year to the Class 3 felony charge that alleged that he struck a pregnant female in the face in March 2008.

After pleading guilty to aggravated battery last October, Haupt was placed on probation for two years.

In addition to the counts of child pornography being filed, Friedel’s office alleged in the amended petition to revoke filed in February that Haupt failed to report a change of employment in Clinton County, as required of sex offenders by state statutes.

During his time in prison, Haupt will be required to undergo mental health and sex offender treatment.

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Also in Fayette County Circuit Court, Schwarm has scheduled a sentencing hearing on Sept. 22 for a Brownstown man who has been convicted of armed violence and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.

A Fayette County jury found Jerry L. Carroll, 39, guilty of those offenses at the conclusion of a two-day jury trial at the beginning of this month. The jury also found Carroll not guilty on two other counts of aggravated battery.

Carroll was charged on March 10 with stabbing a pregnant woman in the abdomen on March 8.

The armed violence charge, which alleged that Carroll knew that the woman was pregnant when he attacked her with a knife having a blade at least three inches long, is a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison. The minimum prison sentence is 10 years.

The aggravated battery charge on which Carroll will be sentenced repeats the allegation that he knew the woman was pregnant when he stabbed her. Aggravated battery is a Class 3 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

One of the two counts of aggravated battery on which Carroll was exonerated also relate to his alleged attack on the pregnant woman, and the other alleged that he also stabbed a male.