CHICAGO —(ENEWSPF)–August 30, 2016. A federal grand jury in Chicago has indicted a Naperville man on child pornography charges for allegedly recording minor boys having sexual acts performed on them.
DOUGLAS A. WILLIS, 53, is charged with one count of conspiracy to produce child pornography, and one count of producing child pornography. He pleaded not guilty today during an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary M. Rowland in Chicago.
According to the indictment, Willis and an unindicted co-conspirator agreed that the co-conspirator would recruit boys under the age of 18 to engage in sex acts and pose for nude photos and videos in exchange for money. The co-conspirator, who is identified in the indictment as Individual A, brought the boys to Willis’ residence, where the boys were given controlled substances and alcohol to gain their compliance and reduce their inhibitions, the indictment states.
Willis took photographs and videos of the boys displaying their genitals and having sex acts performed on them by Individual A, according to the indictment. On occasion, Individual A took photographs and videos of the boys having sex acts performed on them by Willis, the indictment states.
Willis paid the boys, and Individual A kept copies of the recordings, according to the indictment.
The conduct charged in the indictment began in September 1993 and continued until at least August 2001. Federal authorities pursued the charges after recently discovering evidence in the case.
The indictment was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; James M. Gibbons, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and Dennis A. Wichern, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Each count of the indictment carries a minimum prison sentence of ten years, and a maximum of 20 years. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.
The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney April M. Perry.
If you believe you were a victim of sexual exploitation in this case, you are encouraged to call Homeland Security Investigations’ Chicago Child Exploitation Tip Line at (630) 574-2700.