Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today the arrest of
ANTHONY SKOIEN, age 47, of 2419 Garden Street, Joliet, Illinois. SKOIEN was arrested earlier today at his residence, without incident, by Special Agents assigned to the Chicago FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force (IITF).
SKOIEN, who is employed as a custodian at Plainfield South High School in southwest suburban Plainfield, was charged in a criminal complaint filed today in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Distribution of Child Pornography, which is a felony offense. According to the complaint, SKOIEN was identified in June of this year as a possible distributor of child pornography over the Internet. An FBI Special Agent, acting in an undercover capacity (UCSA), began an on-line relationship with a user of a peer-to-peer file sharing network. During the course of this relationship, this user is alleged to have provided to the UCSA files that contained sexually explicit images of minor children.
Subsequent investigation identified the user of this peer-to-peer network as SKOIEN. A search of his residence was conducted this morning, pursuant to a federal search warrant. During the search, investigators recovered a desktop computer and external hard drive, each of which contained suspected images of minor children engaged in sexually explicit activity. Investigation also revealed that SKOIEN used file-sharing network software to receive and distribute pornographic images of minor children.
SKOIEN appeared today before Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown in Chicago, at which time he was formally charged. SKOIEN was ordered held without bond, pending his next scheduled court appearance, and will be housed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Chicago. If convicted of the charge filed against him, SKOIEN faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five (5) years incarceration to a maximum of twenty (20) years.
The FBI’s Innocent Images initiative was established in 1996 and is part of a nationwide effort to combat the manufacture, distribution and possession of child pornography. At present, there are 43 separate IITF’s in various FBI offices around the country which are investigating similar cases.