South Beloit Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Charge

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ROCKFORD — A South Beloit, Ill., man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of transportation of child pornography.

DAVID WITTWER, 51, entered the guilty plea Wednesday before U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee in Rockford.  Wittwer admitted in a plea agreement that on Feb. 24, 2016, he used his computer to post images of child pornography to a website.  Wittwer further admitted that he possessed a tablet device and cellphone that contained more than 600 images and videos of child pornography. 

The conviction carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison, and a maximum of 20 years.  Judge Lee set sentencing for July 27, 2022, at 1:30 p.m.  

The guilty plea 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 Homeland Security Investigations.  Valuable assistance was provided by the South Beloit Police Department and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Love.