A McHenry man was sentenced on Wednesday to over 17 years in federal prison after being found guilty of transporting child pornography, the U.S. State’s Attorney’s Office said.
Michael L. Chaparro, 29, of McHenry, was found guilty on February 2 of one count of transporting child pornography via the internet and two counts of accessing child pornography that had crossed state lines, including an image of a prepubescent minor and a minor under 12 years of age, with intent to view the child pornography.
According to the indictment, on August 7, 2014, Chaparro knowingly transported “materials depicting one or more minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct” to Pennsylvania and Texas, according to the U.S. State’s Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors also said that Chaparro viewed child pornography involving one or more children under the age of 12 on a phone and a desktop computer in 2013 and 2014.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Chaparro in late 2014 after finding child pornography on his home computer. Authorities said that Chaparro lived with his parents in the 4500 block of West Ramble Road in McHenry, which was also a state-licensed day care.
The United States Attorney’s Office, FBI, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Department of Children and Family Services assisted in the case.
Chaparro was sentenced on Wednesday to serve 17.5 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release.