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Trial date set for Decatur man indicted on federal child pornography charges

Trial date set for Decatur man indicted on federal child pornography charges


URBANA — A 47-year-old Decatur man indicted on federal child sexual exploitation and child pornography charges will go to trial Sept. 16 in Urbana, officials said Friday. 

Emmett J. Rogers was arrested June 11. The indictment says "that in October 2018, Rogers exploited a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce images of the conduct."

Sharon Paul, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said this means Rogers could have made a minor send him photos or he could have taken the photos himself. In legal terms both are classified as exploitation, she said.

The indictment also says Rogers transported child pornography via computer in October and November 2018 and possessed child pornography in June 2019.

According to an affidavit, Rogers was identified through cyber tips sent by Google to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Rogers is facing one count of child sexual exploitation, four counts of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

If Rogers is convicted of the child sexual exploitation offense, he could face up to 50 years in prison. He is facing a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison for four counts of transportation of child pornography. Rogers could also face 20 years in prison for possession of child pornography.

Each offense includes fines of up to $250,000.

Rogers is in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

2019 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites


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