Metro-East man sentenced for child pornography after posing as 16-year-old boy

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 1 at 3:13 PM

MASCOUTAH, Illinois (KMOV) -- A Mascoutah man was sentenced Thursday for Enticement of a Minor and Distribution of Child Pornography.

Jeremy S. Beasley, 22, was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment on both counts to run concurrently. He was also ordered to serve 20 years supervised release, with both counts served concurrently. He was fined $1,000.

Police said Beasley posed as a 16-year-old boy on MySpace and asked who he thought was a 14-year-old girl to send him sexually-explicit images of herself.

An officer participating in an Internet undercover operation downloaded 18 images and videos containing child pornography from what was later determined to be Beasley’s computer at the home he shared with his parents in Mascoutah.

Beasley provided a voluntary statement to law enforcement officers in which he admitted recently using a file sharing program to download child pornography to his computer. Beasley stated that his file sharing account was set to share, and that he knew that other individuals could access and download the images of child pornography from his computer.

He said he traded and distributed child pornography with 15 to 20 friends. Finally, Beasley stated anything on the computer seized from his residence, from which the files had been downloaded, belonged to him, and that no one else used his computer.

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