McHenry Man Sentenced to More Than 17 Years in Federal Prison on Child Pornography Charges

ROCKFORD — A McHenry man was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala to 210 months in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, on child pornography charges. 

Following a four-day jury trial in federal court, MICHAEL L. CHAPARRO, 29, was found guilty on Feb. 2, 2018, of one count of transporting child pornography via the internet, and two counts of accessing child pornography that had crossed state lines, including an image of a prepubescent minor and a minor under 12 years of age, with intent to view the child pornography.

According to the indictment and the evidence at trial, on Aug. 7, 2014, Chaparro knowingly transported to Pennsylvania and Texas materials depicting one or more actual minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  In addition, evidence at trial indicated that Chaparro accessed a smart phone on Nov. 24, 2014, and computer hard drive on July 30, 2013, with intent to view child pornography, knowing that one or more persons depicted in an image involved a prepubescent minor or a minor who had not attained 12 years of age.

The sentencing was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Jeffrey Sallet, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Bill Prim, McHenry County Sheriff.  The Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force assisted in the investigation.

The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael D. Love and Margaret J. Schneider.

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