Murphysboro man sentenced to 27 years for child pornography

Murphysboro man sentenced to 27 years for child pornography

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - A Murphysboro, Illinois man has been sentenced to 27 years for child pornography.

Richard J. Taylor, 48, was charged in the Jackson County Circuit Court with child pornography. He was sentenced on Oct. 28 to prison for a total of 27 years.

According to Michael C. Carr, Jackson County state's attorney, Taylor will serve a period of three years to his natural life of mandatory supervised release after his release from prison. He will also  have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his natural life.

On July 30, agents with the Illinois Attorney General's Office Investigations and High Tech Crimes Bureau executed a search warrant at Taylor's home on Oak Street in Murphysboro, Ill.

Agents found internet traffic coming from the his home which indicated the possession of child pornography.

Officers say that led them get a search warrant for the home.

While executing the search warrant, agents found Taylor and determined that he lived there alone. They also found a computer and external hard drive active within the home.

While examining the computer, agents say they recovered a number of videos depicting the sexual abuse of children under the age of 13.

Agents say they also discovered that Taylor had been copying files from internal hard drives to external hard drives, constituting reproduction of child pornography pursuant to Illinois state law.

During an interview with Taylor, officers say he admitted engaging in downloading and possessing child pornography images.

Taylor was sentenced to 15 years for the reproduction of child pornography and six years on two counts of possession of child pornography. These sentences must be served consecutively, meaning Taylor was sentenced to a total of 27 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

This investigation was conducted by the Illinois Attorney General's Office as part of "Operation Glass House," a statewide initiative to catch offenders who download and trade child pornography online.

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