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Lake in the Hills man facing federal child porn charges

A 50-year-old man from Lake in the Hills has been indicted by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges.

Paul W. Christmann, 50, of Lake in the Hills, was charged on Tuesday with two counts of transporting child pornography via the internet in 2013, and one count of possessing two computers in 2017 containing images of child pornography, the U.S. State’s Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois said.

Since Christmann was charged in federal court, he can either be arrested or ordered to appear before a judge. Christmann is not in custody but was issued a summons to appear in court.

For each count of transporting child pornography carries a mandatory sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison, and possessing child pornography carries a maximum of up to ten years in prison. Each count also carries a $250,000 maximum fine.

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The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and Jeffrey Sallet, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Chicago.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force assisted in the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Love is prosecuting the case.


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