Man arrested for child pornography possession


MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — A 37-year-old Mattoon man was arrested last week for possessing child pornography.

In a news release, Deputy Chief Ryan Hurst said Ryan Blackwell is accused of recording a girl multiple times last month while she was unclothed. “The recordings were discovered on a cellular phone that was recovered by a family member,” Hurst said.

Blackwell was arrested on June 4 near Prairie Avenue and North 23rd Street. He was taken to the Coles County Safety & Detention Center.

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