A Fayette County man has been charged with allegedly possessing and disseminating child pornography as part of “Operation Glass House,” a statewide initiative to apprehend the most active offenders who download and trade child pornography online.
61 year old Manuel D. Prater, of Vandalia, was charged in Fayette County Circuit Court with 10 counts of alleged possession of child pornography, Class 2 felonies punishable by up to three to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), and seven counts of alleged dissemination of child pornography, Class X felonies punishable by up to six to 30 years in prison. Bond for Prater was set last week at $1 million.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s investigators, with the assistance of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Fayette County State’s Attorney’s Office, conducted a search of a residence in the 3000 block of West Saint Louis Avenue in Vandalia last week and arrested Prater after evidence of alleged child pornography was discovered. Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison’s office will prosecute the case.