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Godfrey man in child porn case may have produced his own material

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

MADISON COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV.com) – More details are surfacing in a child pornography investigation in Madison County. The Godfrey man arrested may have produced his own sexual material with children.

David Von Bergen, 33, was arrested and charged last week with four counts of child pornography. As the investigation continued, investigators revealed that two of the victims were identified as a result of forensic analysis. Dave Vucich of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the children involved are local.

“In my opinion, anyone who is willing to victimize a child in any way sexually or commit a violent offense against a child has no place in our decent society,” said Tom Gibbons, Madison County Prosecutor. I don’t believe that the system should be holding their hand or giving them second and third chances.”

Von Bergen was convicted in 2001 for child pornography possession while he was in the military. At the time, federal prosecutors handled the case.

“Because of the prior conviction, the law allows us to get a minimum sentence of nine years and up to 30 years for this particular case … but I would be very much in favor of life sentences in cases like this,” said Gibbons.

Von Bergen faces an additional seven counts of child pornography manufacturing and sexual assault charges. Von Bergen remains in the Madison County Jail.

 

 

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