ROCKFORD — A Machesney Park resident was arrested Wednesday on a charge of possessing child pornography.
JAMES UMBAUGH, 53, was charged in a federal criminal complaint. According to the complaint, a federal search warrant was executed by federal law enforcement officers on Dec. 18, 2018, at Umbaugh’s residence. The complaint alleges that upon arriving at the residence officers found Umbaugh seated before a computer screen connected to a computer, and that located on the computer were images and videos of child pornography, including prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Possessing child pornography carries a minimum mandatory sentence of ten years in prison and up to a maximum of 20 years, and a fine of up to $250,000. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines. Umbaugh appeared yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Iain D. Johnston and is in custody pending a hearing on pre-trial release.
The public is reminded that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The 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.
The charge was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Jeffrey S. Sallet, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Love.