Self-described “child porn addict” sentenced to federal prison

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – A 35-year-old Waterloo, Illinois man will spend the next five years in federal prison on various child pornography charges, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois James Porter said Friday.

According to court documents, investigators with the FBI’s New Orleans Office in 2011 tracked an IP address tied to a residence in Waterloo that attempted to access child pornography. Following a lengthy investigation, authorities with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force contacted the homeowner, identified as Nicholas Perjak, for an interview on December 13, 2012.

Perjak told investigators at the time that he’d become addicted to child pornography over the last three years and spent the last two years viewing the illicit material. He admitted looking at child pornography of girls between the ages of 10 and 16 using a laptop computer.

Perjak said he never saved or stored any such material on the laptop. However, a forensic search of the laptop revealed Perjak kept more than 6,100 image files of child pornography on the computer. Investigators also discovered Perjak searched for and accessed both pictures and videos of child porn via the internet on November 11, November 24, and December 3, 2012.

Prosecutors handed down a four-count indictment, charging Perjak with one count of attempting to access with intent to view child pornography and three counts of access with intent to view child pornography.

Perjak was sentenced to 60 months in prison on each count, to run concurrently.

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