A self-avowed boy-loving Crest Hill man is headed off to federal prison on a nine-year sentence for possessing and distributing child pornography.
And when Mark McGill, 27, gets out of the penitentiary, he will be on probation for another 20 years.
McGill was one of eight men arrested in a 2009 FBI sting.
Federal agents set a up their pervert pitfall by organizing a hotel party in Skokie for McGill and the other "self-identified 'boylovers,'" according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
McGill and the others were all arrested during or soon after the party.
Six of the eight copped guilty pleas. Three of the six who pleaded were used against McGill and the one other man who chose to fight the charges in court.
This man, Michael Martin of St. Louis, was tried in a federal court in his hometown. Martin was found guilty of producing child pornography and sentenced to 120 years in prison.
“The sentences in these cases reflect the stark reality that defendants who prey upon children by sexually exploiting or abusing them will be punished severely,” said Gary S. Shapiro, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
Evidence at McGill’s trial showed that he had attended at least one party with other “boylovers,” according to the U.S. Attorney's statement.
In August 2009, McGill gave one of the cooperating defendants a thumb drive containing approximately 3,500 images and nearly 60 videos containing child pornography.