Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced on Friday that a Fayette County man had been charged with possessing and disseminating child pornography. 61 Manuel D. Prater of Vandalia was taken into custody as a part of “Operation Glass House”, a statewide initiative to apprehend the most active offenders who download and trade child pornography online. Prater was charged in the Fayette County Circuit Court with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, which are class 2 felonies punishable by up to three to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Prater was also charged with seven counts of dissemination of child pornography, which are class x felonies punishable by up to six to thirty years in prison. His bond was set at $1 million.
This is the 81st arrest since “Operation Glass House” was launched in August of 2010. Madigan’s office has focused on apprehending offenders who are seen trading and watching extremely violent videos involving children, including infants and toddlers.