Ex-Ill. Prison Guard Gets 43 Years for Child PornSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A former Illinois Department of Corrections guard has been sentenced to more than 43 years in prison for distributing and possessing child pornography and sexually exploiting a minor.
Federal prosecutors say 46-year-old Steven L. Carson of Hillsboro was sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded guilty in February.
According to court records and testimony, Carson admitted using a child to perform sexually explicit conduct he videotaped. He also admitted sharing child pornography images over the Internet. Authorities recovered 2,300 images and 40 videos from his computers.
Carson worked as a guard at Graham Correctional Center. He has been in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in August 2012.
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