PEORIA, Illinois — A Peoria, Illinois man, David Robertson II, 39, of the 500 block of Voris Street, was sentenced on September 9, 2022 to 15 years in prison followed by a life term of supervised release for obtaining child pornography.
At the sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid, the government presented evidence that Robertson was serving a supervised sentence in September 2021 for a previous federal conviction for receiving child pornography. At the time, one of the terms of Robertson’s supervised release allowed parole officers to conduct regular, unannounced inspections of computer equipment and/or communications equipment, including telephones, due to the nature of his previous conviction. During a routine parole home visit in September 2021, Robertson turned over a cell phone and tablet that he had not reported to his parole officer or on his sex offender registry. Robertson told authorities the electronic devices contained child pornography, which was confirmed by a preliminary investigation. The US Secret Service then obtained and executed a search warrant on Robertson’s devices, which confirmed that Robertson had downloaded child pornography. In addition, the investigation revealed that Robertson possessed three unregistered email accounts and a previously unreported phone number, as well as a browsing history of sites suggesting child pornography. Overall, the evidence showed that Robertson’s devices contained 52 videos and 1,680 images of child pornography.
As noted, at the time of this offense, Robertson was serving a supervised sentence related to his previous 2010 federal conviction for receiving child pornography (for which he was also serving a 10-year sentence). Robertson had previously violated the terms of his supervised release in this 2010 federal case when he possessed obscene visual depictions of child sexual abuse; His release was revoked in June 2020 and he was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for this first violation, followed by 10 years of supervised imprisonment. For the immediate second violation of the supervised release period, Robertson was sentenced to 24 months in prison, which was handed out concurrently with the 15-year sentence served in this case.
Robertson was charged in December 2021 and entered a guilty plea in March 2022. He has remained in custody with the US Marshals Service since his arrest.
The statutory penalties for receiving child pornography after a criminal record for making, possessing or receiving child pornography are 15 to 40 years imprisonment followed by supervised imprisonment for a term of five years up to life. Special determinations according to the Victims’ Court Act are also possible.
The United States Secret Service and the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office were investigating the case. Assistant US Attorney Katherine G. Legge represented the government in the prosecution.
The case against Robertson was raised as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Division (CEOs), Project Safe Childhood provides federal, state, and local resources to better identify those who exploit children online, Arrest and prosecute Identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.