A Carpentersville man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for child-pornography crimes.
According to a Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office news release, David C. Schiferl, 33, agreed on Oct. 23 to a sentence of 11 years of imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to the offense of possession of child pornography of a victim younger than 13 with the intent to disseminate, Class X felony.
In addition to the prison term, Schiferl must register for life as a sexual offender in accordance with the Illinois Sexual Offender Registration Act.
Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Engerman stated in court that investigators with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the Carpentersville Police Department traced suspected pornographic images of a child to Schiferl’s home.
They served a search warrant at his home on Aug, 23, 2018, and found an image of a child being sexually abused on Schiferl’s mobile phone. Schiferl admitted that the image belonged to him.
Schiferl at the time was serving a sentence of probation for a 2017 Lake County conviction for possession of child pornography.
In accordance with Illinois law, Schiferl is eligible for day-for-day sentencing. Schiferl receives credit for 792 days served in the Kane County jail.
Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said child pornography is a form of child abuse and has long-term consequences for victims.
“Images often linger in cyberspace for years, repeatedly victimizing the child, even into adulthood,” he said. “This defendant belongs in prison.”