Decatur Man Facing Child Pornography Charges

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SPRINGFIELD – A federal grand jury in Springfield returned an indictment charging a Decatur man with distribution and possession of child pornography and access of a website with intent to view child pornography.

U.S. Attorney of the Central District of Illinois Jim Lewis announces the indictment on September 1 involving charges toward 34-year-old Niles Wray of Decatur.

This indictment alleges Wray distributed and possessed images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct in December 2014. It then goes on to allege Wray accessed a website with intent to view child pornography in February 2015.

The indictment will also seek to have Wray forfeit his computers and related materials allegedly used to commit or promote the offenses.

The Illinois U.S. Attorney’s office reports Wray was arrested on August 20, 2015, after he was charged by criminal complaint with access and intent to view child pornography. Wray was later ordered to be released on bond after an August 25 court appearance in Urbana.

These charges come after an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Wray faces a mandatory minimum of five to 20 years in prison and a term of supervised release of up to life for distribution of child pornography. He faces a maximum of 20 years for possession of child pornography, and the same maximum applies for intent to view child pornography.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Boyle.

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