2 Illinois men arrested on child pornography charges

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CHICAGO - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office has announced that two men have been charged with multiple counts of possessing, reproducing, and disseminating child pornography.

The arrests were made as part of "Operation Glass House," a statewide initiative launched in 2010 to apprehend the most active offenders who download and trade child pornography online.

Madigan's office says on November 19, investigators and the Vandalia Police Department arrested Ryan Koontz, 34.  Authorities say Koontz was charged with two counts of distribution of child pornography and eight counts of possessing child pornography.  

Madigan's office also says on November 18, investigators and the Vandalia Police Department arrested Christopher Cook, 26.  Authorities say Cook was charged with five counts of distribution of child pornography and nine counts of possession of child pornography.

The distribution charge carries a penalty of six to 30 years in prison, while the possession charge carries a penalty of three to seven years in prison.  To date, Operation Glass House has resulted in 73 arrests.
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