Two Southern Illinois men face child porn charges

2013-11-16T15:45:00Z 2013-11-20T10:24:38Z Two Southern Illinois men face child porn chargesTHE SOUTHERN The Southern
November 16, 2013 3:45 pm  • 

Two Southern Illinois men are charged with felony possession of child pornography after raids this week in White and Franklin counties.

Billy Gene Sullivan, 43, of West Frankfort, was charged with one count of Class X reproduction of child pornography, punishable by six to 30 years in prison and one count of Class 2 child pornography. Sullivan is in custody at the Franklin County Jail pending a court appearance next week.

Franklin County sheriff’s officers and West Frankfort Police assisted state’s attorney generals investigators in a search early Thursday of Sullivan’s residence in the 700 block of East Fourth Street. Franklin County State’s Attorney Evan Owens will prosecute.

Donald H. Currier III, 64, of Carmi, was charged with seven counts of possession of child pornography, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in prison. According to White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud. Currier bonded out of the White County Jail after posting the required 10 percent of his $100,000 bond. A first court appearance is set for Dec. 12 in White County Circuit Court.

Attorney general’s investigators, with the assistance of the White County Sheriff’s office, Carmi Police and State’s Attorney Aud’s office, executed a search warrant early Wednesday at Currier’s residence in the 800 block of Steward Street.

The men represent the 51st and 52nd arrests in “Operation Glass House,” Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s statewide initiative to apprehend the most active offenders who download and trade child pornography online.

“Our partnership with local law enforcement has focused on the worst offenders of this heinous crime,” Madigan said. “Online child pornography is a real and significant threat and a horrific crime that victimizes children each time an image is downloaded or traded.”

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