Union County State's Attorney's Office

Anna Man Charged with Aggravated Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 29, 2013

Anna Man Charged with Aggravated Child Pornography

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today the Benson T. Poirier (DOB 08/29/1979) of 1870 Old Highway 51 North in rural Anna has been charged with two (2) counts of Aggravated Child Pornography, one (1) count being a Class X Felony and one (1) count being a Class 2 Felony, and five (5) counts of Child Pornography, all Class 3 Felonies.  Poirier is alleged to have possessed pornographic computer images of children under the age of 13 and children under the age of 18.  The offenses took place at Poirier’s residence in August 2012.

Poirier was arrested today following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Illinois State Police.  Poirier is currently being held at the Jackson County Jail in Murphysboro on $300,000 bond.  A date for First Appearance has not yet been set.

Poirier was previously indicted in November by a Union County Grand Jury on five (5) counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, all Class X Felonies, and three (3) counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, all Class 2 Felonies.  Poirier is alleged to have committed acts of sexual conduct with children under 13 years of age between 2005 and 2012.  That case is set for a pre-trial conference on February 19, 2013 at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

The Union County State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the public that charges are not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Media: Please contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833-5500 for any available booking photographs.                       

Union County State's Attorney's Office