Trial date set for man indicted on child pornography charges


Updated: 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, 10/09/2019

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — An initial trial date of Dec. 9, has been scheduled for a man, Tyler L. Foote, 28, indicted on federal child pornography charges.

The indictment had remained sealed pending Foote’s arraignment today in federal court. Foote, of the 1300 block of Champaign Ave, in Mattoon, was arrested on August 16, on Coles County state charges.

The indictment alleges that on four occasions between March 2017 and January 2019, Foote used a computer to transmit sexually explicit images of minors and that at the time of his arrest, on August 16, 2019, he possessed child pornography.

If convicted, the statutory maximum penalty for each count of transportation of child pornography (four counts) is 20 years in prison; for possession of child pornography, the maximum penalty is 10 years in prison.

Each of the five counts carries a potential fine of up to $250,000.

During today’s court appearance, U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long ordered that Foote remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly M. Peirson and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Shannon O’Brien.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Mattoon Police Department.

Original: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, 8/07/2019

MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — A local man faces charges for possession of child pornography. Police arrested 28-year old Tyler Foote about 9:15 am, Tuesday, in the 400-block of North 15th Street.

Authorities say Foote was using electronic devices to obtain and store the images. Local police joined forces with the Illinois Crimes Against Children Initiative and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office to investigate the case.

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