Mattoon Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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Published on August 23 2012 6:01 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

A Mattoon man has been arrested on child pornography charges.

25-year-old Joseph W. Hoult is charged with six counts of receiving and six counts of distributing child pornography as well as one count of possession of child pornography.  A federal grand jury seeks forfeiture of computers and related materials allegedly used to commit or promote the offenses.

The charges were investigated by the Mattoon Police Department, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, and the East Central Illinois Cyber Crimes Working Group.

Hoult was arrested in July in Alaska and has been ordered to be returned to central Illinois for trial.