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DECATUR — A Harristown man is pleading not guilty to charges he live-streamed videos of himself performing sex acts with a girl under 13 and shared them with child pornography chat groups.

Gary L. Boyle, 34, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Wednesday represented by Chief Public Defender David Ellison. Boyle told Judge Phoebe Bowers that he was waiving his right to a preliminary hearing on eight charges of predatory criminal sexual assault, six charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and two charges of criminal sexual assault.

Bowers assigned the case to the trial list of Judge Thomas Griffith and set a pretrial hearing for May 7. Boyle remains in custody in the Macon County Jail in lieu of posting bond set at $1 million.

A sworn affidavit from Sgt. Roger Pope with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office said police had been alerted to Boyle’s activities by the Department of Homeland Security, which had detected the online transfer of child pornography. Pope said the pornography was backtracked through cyberspace, and the source narrowed down to Boyle’s computer at his rural Harristown home, west of Decatur.

“Homeland Security secured a search warrant for Gary’s residence (on Feb. 21),” Pope said in the affidavit.

“Macon County Sheriff’s Office detectives and Homeland Security executed the search warrant and took Gary into custody," Pope said. "Gary admitted that he had taken the videos and images and had been the male pictured in the videos and images. Gary admitted that he had live-streamed the videos and (he) visits child pornography group chats where he distributes and receives child pornography.”


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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