Manteno Man Sentenced to Over Seven Years in Prison for Child Pornography Crimes

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URBANA, Ill. – A Manteno, Illinois, man, Mark C. Devries, 43, of the 200 block of Raven Dr., was sentenced today to 87 months’ (seven years, three months) imprisonment for distribution and possession of child pornography.

Devries was arrested in September 2021 after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with child pornography crimes committed in May through August 2018. Devries has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest.

Senior U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm sentenced Devries to the 87 months’ imprisonment and also imposed a 10-year term of supervised release of supervised release. Devries pleaded guilty in November 2021 to the three-count indictment.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Field Offices in Springfield, Illinois, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly Peirson represented the government in this prosecution.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.