Stark County man charged with disseminating child pornography

The Attorney General's office says a Stark County man is charged with five counts of...
Published: Nov. 16, 2023 at 12:36 PM CST
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TOULON (25News Now) - A 19-year-old Toulon man will make a court appearance Friday after being charged with dissemination of child pornography.

Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office announced the charges against 19-year-old Matthew Shipp of Toulon Thursday.

Raoul’s office say Shipp faces five counts of dissemination of child pornography, class x felonies, each punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

The Attorney General adds his investigators, along with the assistance of the Geneseo Police Department, recently conducted a search of a rural Stark County home, and arrested Shipp after finding evidence of child pornography.

“Survivors of child exploitation and abuse are re-victimized each and every time an image is downloaded or shared online,” Raoul said in a prepared statement. “I will continue to partner with local law enforcement agencies to investigate these heinous crimes and protect Illinois children and families from those who exploit and abuse children.”