Peoria man sentenced in federal court for possessing child pornography

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Published: May. 11, 2022 at 4:21 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) -A Peoria man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for possessing child pornography.

According to the Department of Justice, court filings in July 2021 show 33-year-old Randall R. Ray IV produced and possessed a video that showed a minor child engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Someone else later found the video on Ray’s phone and notified authorities.

Ray pleaded guilty to the charges in January 2022, and has remained in U.S. Marshals custody since his August 2021 indictment.

The DOJ says Ray’s case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

The statutory penalties for possession of child pornography are up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a maximum $250,000 fine, and a five-year to life term of supervised release.

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