Mattoon man sentenced for child porn offenses

2011-07-08T06:15:00Z Mattoon man sentenced for child porn offensesStaff Report JG-TC.com
July 08, 2011 6:15 am  • 

URBANA - A federal court sentenced Jeffrey S. Belles, 30, of Mattoon to serve 12 years and seven months in prison on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography, according to the Central District of Illinois office of U.S. Attorney James A. Lewis.

Belles pleaded guilty to the offenses in March, and he has been in federal custody since his arrest a year prior.

Authorities arrested Belles after they found him trying to distribute child pornography and browsing his computer turned up video files with such subject matter.

Belles was also sentenced to remain on supervised release for 20 years after his prison sentence and to remain a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The charges were the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations and the Illinois Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children task force and members of the working group, including the Mattoon Police Department.

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  1. gringa
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    gringa - July 08, 2011 9:41 pm
    Hope he acts up along the way and literally rots in a cell.
  2. ryan65
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    ryan65 - July 08, 2011 8:57 am
    Sick, sick person. I only hope he never sets foot again as a free man.
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