Aurora Man Who Had 30,000 Child Porn Images Sentenced

64-Year-Old John Heckart Was Sentenced To 100 Months In Prison

A 64-year-old Aurora man who possessed 30,000 images and videos of child pornography -- some dating back to 1977 -- has been sentenced to 100 months in federal prison, the Attorney General's Office said Friday.

John Heckart had been indicted in March and pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in June.

After he serves his 8-plus years in prison, Heckart will have to serve 5 years on supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution to the victims.

Heckart had used his email address to subscribe to two websites that made images and videos of child porn available to their members for a monthly fee, according to the court documents.

Over a two-day period Heckart accessed approximately 2,000 images of child pornography, prosecutors said. Law enforcement was able to track Heckart’s home address based on the Internet Protocol address he was using.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) requested help from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, who initiated an undercover operation targeting Heckart.

Heckart had ordered large amounts of child pornography, including "custom made" videos where he provided the details of the child exploitation he wanted to see.

He then mailed a money order to pay for the DVDs and when he received a package in the mail, agents raided his home, seizing computers and hard drives.

ICE/HSI conducted a forensic analysis of Heckart’s computer and his four hard drives and found that among the 30,000 images and videos were sexually explicit images of infants, sexually explicit images of pre-pubescent children, and sexually explicit images of children that involved other sadomasochistic conduct.

“Child pornography continually victimizes the innocent children depicted in the images,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh. “Thanks go to ICE HSI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for their excellent work on this case.”

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