DENVER (LAWFUEL) – Dale Ilgen, age 52, of Parker, Colorado, was arrested without incident this morning by the FBI for transportation, distribution, and possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Troy Eid and FBI Special Agent in Charge James Davis announced today. Ilgen was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on June 16, 2008. He made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Denver this afternoon, where he was advised of the charges pending against him. A detention hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 10:30 am.
According to the indictment, Ilgen used a Peer to Peer (P2P) network to transport and distribute child pornography. He is also charged with possession of child pornography.
“This case concerns sickening images of children being sexually abused,” said U.S. Attorney Troy Eid. “These children are victimized every time one of these images is transported and viewed.”
“The Agents and Detectives working on the Denver Innocent Images Task Force are to be commended for their diligence in pursuing those who seek to harm our children,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge James Davis. “The indictment and arrest of Dale Ilgen reflects the commitment by the FBI, its partners, and the United States Attorney’s Office to bring to justice those who violate the law through the transportation, distribution, and possession of child pornography.”
If convicted of transportation or distribution of child pornography, the defendant faces not less than 5 years, and up to 20 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine. Possession of child pornography is punishable by a prison sentence of up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of not more than $250,000.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Innocent Images Task Force, which includes the FBI, Englewood Police Department, Denver Police Department, and the Aurora Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roxane Perruso.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.