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Lake in the Hills man facing federal child pornography charges not in custody

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A Lake in the Hills man facing federal child pornography charges has not been arrested, and he might not be, as long as he shows up to his scheduled court dates, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Love said Thursday.

Paul W. Christmann, 50, was charged with transporting child pornography via the internet in 2013 and possessing two computers this year containing images of child pornography, according to a federal indictment filed this week.

A photo and block address for Christmann were not available because he has not been arrested.

Because Christmann was charged in federal court, he either can be arrested or ordered to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge, Love said.

Although there was enough information for a grand jury to charge Christmann, there might not be enough to detain him should prosecutors request he be taken into custody, Love said. In the meantime, he has been issued a summons to appear in court.

Love declined to comment on how long Christmann had been under investigation before being indicted.

The charges relate only to the specific instances in 2013 and 2017 named in the indictment, Love said.

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.

Federal court records did not list an attorney for Christmann as of Thursday afternoon.

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