Child Pornography Charges
TROY, IL (KMOV) – A Metro-East man faces federal charges following a quick tip from a national watch group that led to the discovery of child pornography.
Tyler Andrew Bergland, 28, of Troy, Illinois, was indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury for knowingly receiving and possessing child pornography, according to United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton.
Bergland has been charged with two counts of knowingly possessing and receiving child pornography.
The first count alleges that between January and July of 2013, Bergland used a computer to knowingly download pornographic images and videos containing children. Knowingly receiving child pornography carries a mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence and is punishable up to 20 years, a $250,000 fine, and supervised release for life.
Furthermore, Bergland also faces up to 10 years in prison for the second count of the indictment. The second count alleges that on July 23 Bergland knowingly possessed a CD with additional child pornography.
Police reportedly received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that led them to Bergland's residence back in late June.
The case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. The initiative combats the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”