Springfield, IL–(ENEWSPF)– A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on July 16, 2010, KEVIN T. DUNIGAN, age 54, of Cahokia, Illinois, was sentenced in East St. Louis, Illinois. DUNIGAN had after previously plead guilty on April 12, 2010, to a two-count indictment charging him with knowingly receiving child pornography and knowingly possessing child pornography. The violation took place throughout 2009 in Cahokia, Illinois. DUNIGAN was sentenced to 168 months’ imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release. In addition, the court imposed restitution in the amount of $576 and a special assessment of $200.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Cahokia Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations Cybercrimes Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicole E. Gorovsky.