Rockford Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charge

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ROCKFORD — A Rockford man has been arrested on a charge of possessing child pornography. 

GREGORIO JOSEPH BACINO, 24, was arrested Friday.  A federal indictment charged him with possessing child pornography in June 2021.

The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Angie Salazar, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert S. Ladd.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Possession of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, and a $250,000 maximum fine.  If Bacino is convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.  

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