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Lake in the Hills man faces federal child pornography charges

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A 50-year-old Lake in the Hills man was indicted Tuesday on federal child pornography charges dating as far back as 2013, officials said.

Paul W. Christmann was charged with transporting child pornography via the internet in 2013, and possessing two computers in 2017 containing images of child pornography, according to a news release from the U.S. State’s Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois sent Tuesday.

Transporting child pornography is punishable by five to 20 years in prison, while a conviction of possessing child pornography could land Christmann up to 10 years in prison, according to the release. Each count carries a $250,000 maximum fine.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force assisted in the investigation.

The indictment was announced by John Lausch Jr., U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Jeff Sallet, special agent in charge of the FBI in Chicago.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Love.

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