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DECATUR – Hunter Roush, 19, of Decatur was arraigned Wednesday on seven felony counts of child pornography for allegedly uploading videos of young children engaged in sex acts and making them available for distribution.

Roush, who serving a two-year court supervision term for a juvenile conviction on child pornography charges in a 2015 case, is being held in the Macon County Jail on $100,000 bond.

The Decatur police executed a search warrant at Roush's eastside residence the morning of Feb. 9. Officers seized cellphones, computers and external media devices.

Because the children who were victimized in the videos were younger than 13, each count is Class X, carrying a penalty of six to 30 years in prison, if Roush is convicted.

Police detective Ron Borowczyk was informed of the child pornography case through a tip given to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which was then transmitted to the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Dropbox Inc., a repository for digital files, reported to the NCMEC on Nov. 2 that the company would turn over files and other information on a service user who was “in the possession, manufacture and distribution of child pornography,” said an affidavit by Borowczyk.

The individual who was uploading the files had registered as Hunter Roush. The Internet Protocol address associated with the file uploads showed a location in Decatur.

“Of 37 files turned over to NCMEC, 36 of the files were video type files that contained material that can be defined as child pornography,” Borowczyk wrote in his statement.

One folder, created by the user identified as Roush, was titled “Cheese pizza videos 2.” It contained 22 of the 36 videos that were sent to the center for missing and exploited children.

In response to an inquiry from Borowczyk, center officials said some of the videos were from series previously identified by other law enforcement agencies.

A 42-second-long video depicting a child engaged in a sex act with an adult was from a “known series identified as Dorisara.” The victim was about 8 years old at the time of the production, according to a law enforcement officer.

Another officer had made contact with a victim depicted in videos in the “Tara” series. She was “between the age of 5 and 9 years old” when law enforcement made contact with this victim.

A 92-second video shows her being sexually assaulted by an adult.

In a 44-second video, in which a girl younger than 10 is sexually assaulted, the identifying agency was the Swedish Police.

Roush is due in circuit court March 8 for his preliminary hearing.


Staff Writer

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