Alhambra man sentenced on child porn charges

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A 35-year-old Alhambra, Illinois man was sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison on child pornography charges, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton said Monday.

According to court documents, an agent with the Department of Homeland Security obtained a warrant to search Robert Godsey’s residence on July 8, 2014 for evidence of child pornography offenses. Godsey lived in the home with other individuals, but they were not suspected of any crimes. Authorities seized a notebook computer from Godsey’s bedroom.

Godsey waived his Miranda rights and provided a videotaped statement admitting to collecting and trading images and video of child pornography via the internet. Godsey told investigators that some of the images and videos on the computer featured children under the age of 12 involved in sexually explicit conduct. Authorities examined the laptop and confirmed what Godsey had told them.

Investigators searched Godsey’s email address and discovered additional images and videos.

Godsey pleaded guilty December 11, 2014 to one count of distribution of child porn, one count of receiving child porn, and one count of possession of child porn. He was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison on each count, to run concurrently, and five years of supervised release on each count, also to run concurrently.

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