Illinois State Police Make Arrest for Dissemination of Child Pornography

New Windsor, ILIllinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) officials announce the arrest of James A. Pierson, (M/59) of New Windsor, IL, for three counts of Disseminating Child Pornography (Class X Felonies). 

On Jan. 10, 2020, ISP DCI Investigators initiated an investigation after receiving information Pierson was allegedly engaged in possessing, disseminating, and manufacturing child pornography.  A thorough investigation ensued, and through the investigation, DCI Investigators gathered digital evidence supporting the arrest.  Pierson was arrested on Feb. 12, 2020, and was charged with three counts of Disseminating Child Pornography (Class X Felonies). Pierson is currently lodged in the Mercer County Jail; his bond has been set at $500,000 (10% applies).

The investigation was conducted along with local, state, and federal law enforcement partnerships to include the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Kewanee Police Department, New Windsor Police Department, Illinois Attorney General’s Office – Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), and federal authorities.  Any further inquiries should be directed to the Mercer County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Anyone who may have additional information is encouraged to call ISP at 309-752-4915 ext. 4935.  Anonymous tips of child exploitation or child pornography can be reported through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children cyber tip line at, or the Mercer County Crime Stoppers tip line at (309) 582-3500 or

James A. Pierson (M/W 59 YOA)

The public is reminded all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

***Report Courtesy of the Illinois State Police***

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