- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwest Illinois man is headed to federal prison after authorities found a collection of more than 200,000 of pieces of child pornography.

According to the Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1ASujhX ), 41-year-old Ryan Scott Richards of Lebanon was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison. Lebanon is about 25 miles east of St. Louis.

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force discovered in January 2014 that several photos and a video had been downloaded to a computer linked to Richards. They included images of a 9-year-old girl involved in sexual acts.

When task force members investigated they found Richards had a child-pornography collection that included 264,293 photos and 1,821 videos.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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