A judge has sentenced a McHenry man to 10 years in prison for reproducing child pornography in what the Illinois attorney general called an “absolutely reprehensible crime.”
David P. Stone, 31, of McHenry, was charged in October 2020 with 10 counts of reproducing child pornography, a Class X felony.
A grand jury later indicted him on an additional 10 charges of possession of child pornography, a Class 2 felony.
Illinois Attorney General’s Office investigators, along with the McHenry Police Department and McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, conducted a search of Stone’s residence in September 2020.
They recovered evidence of child pornography. Court documents alleged that Stone disseminated the graphic pornographic material.
“Child pornography is an absolutely reprehensible crime, and the individuals who reproduce these horrific images must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said.
Stone’s bond was set at $300,000 and he has been held in the McHenry County Jail since his arrest.
Court records show Stone pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of reproduction of child pornography, a Class X felony, and one count of possession of child pornography, a Class 2 felony.
In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed the rest of his charges.
McHenry County Judge James Cowlin sentenced Stone to a combined 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on the two charges.
“This sentencing highlights the vital efforts of my Crimes Against Children Task Force, which works tirelessly to identify and track down individuals who assault and exploit children. I will continue to partner with local law enforcement to locate and hold these offenders accountable,” Raoul said after Stone was sentenced.
The case was part of Attorney General Raoul’s work to investigate and prosecute child pornographers in Illinois.
Raoul’s office, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, runs the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force that investigates child exploitation crimes and trains law enforcement agencies.
“Child pornography and other offenses like it are not victimless crimes and have a lasting negative impact on those depicted as well as the community as a whole,” McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said.
“We are pleased and proud to have worked with the Attorney General’s office to secure an outcome in this case that makes McHenry County safer,” Kenneally said.