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posted: 6/27/2013 5:02 PM

Wood Dale man sentenced to 10 years for child pornography

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A former Wood Dale man was sentenced on Thursday to more than 10 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney in Chicago.

Brian Perron, 41, was arrested in July 2009 after Homeland Security Investigations agents searched his home and found a computer hard drive with 97 images and 21 videos depicting child pornography, according to a release from the state's attorney's office.

Perron's arrest stemmed from an investigation of a commercial website that advertised and sold videos of children being forced to perform sexual acts with adults, the release said.

Perron has been in custody since that arrest until U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman on Thursday sentenced him to 121 months in prison, one month more than the mandatory minimum. He faced the mandatory minimum sentence because of a 2006 state conviction for possessing child pornography and because he was attempting to obtain additional images and videos depicting sexual abuse when he was arrested on federal charges, according to the release.

Perron "not only collected images and videos of child pornography, but he was attempting to purchase a membership to a child pornography library to obtain more material," the government argued in a sentencing memo.

While in custody in April 2012 Perron also admitted that he had sexually molested two children he was baby-sitting when he was 19 years old.

Perron will be required to serve at least 85 percent of his federal sentence before he is eligible for five years of supervised release, officials said.

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