FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan­u­ary 29, 2013

Anna Man Charged with Aggra­vat­ed Child Pornography

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today the Ben­son T. Poiri­er (DOB 08/29/1979) of 1870 Old High­way 51 North in rur­al Anna has been charged with two (2) counts of Aggra­vat­ed Child Pornog­ra­phy, one (1) count being a Class X Felony and one (1) count being a Class 2 Felony, and five (5) counts of Child Pornog­ra­phy, all Class 3 Felonies.  Poiri­er is alleged to have pos­sessed porno­graph­ic com­put­er images of chil­dren under the age of 13 and chil­dren under the age of 18.  The offens­es took place at Poirier’s res­i­dence in August 2012.

Poiri­er was arrest­ed today fol­low­ing an inves­ti­ga­tion by the Fed­er­al Bureau of Inves­ti­ga­tion and Illi­nois State Police.  Poiri­er is cur­rent­ly being held at the Jack­son Coun­ty Jail in Mur­phys­boro on $300,000 bond.  A date for First Appear­ance has not yet been set.

Poiri­er was pre­vi­ous­ly indict­ed in Novem­ber by a Union Coun­ty Grand Jury on five (5) counts of Preda­to­ry Crim­i­nal Sex­u­al Assault of a Child, all Class X Felonies, and three (3) counts of Aggra­vat­ed Crim­i­nal Sex­u­al Abuse, all Class 2 Felonies.  Poiri­er is alleged to have com­mit­ted acts of sex­u­al con­duct with chil­dren under 13 years of age between 2005 and 2012.  That case is set for a pre-tri­al con­fer­ence on Feb­ru­ary 19, 2013 at the Union Coun­ty Cour­t­house in Jonesboro.

The Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the pub­lic that charges are not evi­dence of guilt.  A defen­dant is pre­sumed inno­cent and is enti­tled to a fair tri­al in which the gov­ern­ment has the bur­den of prov­ing guilt beyond a rea­son­able doubt.

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