Child Porn Cases In Fayette County

Two Vandalia men were recently in Fayette County Circuit Court related to Child Pornography charges.

55 year old William Frakes, of Vandalia, has been charged with three counts of alleged Possession of Child Pornography. The charges include two Class X offenses and one Class 2 offense. Frakes’ bond was set at $350,000.

William Frakes
William Frakes

According to the Fayette County State’s Attorney’s Office, the investigation is a joint effort including the Greenville Police Department, Vandalia Police Department, Illinois Attorney General and the Fayette County State’s Attorney’s Office.

65 year old Manuel Prater pled guilty to five counts of Dissemination of Child Pornography, all Class X Felonies, Wednesday in Fayette County Court.

Manuel Prater
Manuel Prater

Prater was sentenced to 50 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, plus three years mandatory supervised release. All counts are mandatorily consecutive, and his sentence will be served at an 85% rate, meaning he will serve a minimum of 42 years and 6 months.