with James M. Gibbons, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, and the Heidenreich and Flores-Vazquez cases with Jeffrey S. Sallet, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Chicago.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Love.
The Wittwer investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, with the assistance of the South Beloit Police Department and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office.
The Heidenreich and Flores-Vazquez cases were investigated by the FBI.
Each count of transporting child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison, and possessing child pornography carries a maximum of up to 10 years in prison.
Each count carries a $250,000 maximum fine.
If convicted, the court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt.
Each defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.