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Former day care worker pleads guilty to child porn charges

Nathaniel Caldwell
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 23, 2020 5:10 pm

QUINCY -- A former day care worker from faces up to 18 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to multiple child pornography charges.

Nathaniel W. Caldwell pleaded guilty to three counts of child pornography Monday in Adams County Circuit Court. As part of his negotiated plea, he faces up to six years in prison on each count, but he is able to argue for probation when he is sentenced June 5.

Caldwell, 23, was arrested Oct. 31, 2018, on three counts of child pornography, and he was later indicted on four additional counts of child pornography stemming from May 2, 2018.

As part of the negotiation, two Class X felony counts of child pornography were dropped, and another was amended to a Class 2 felony. The class X charges carried a sentencing range of six to 30 years in prison. Two other Class 2 counts of child pornography were dropped.

Police said the investigation started after they received information from the Illinois attorney general's Internet Crimes Against Children division. Caldwell reportedly possessed 169 images and 17 videos of child pornography.

He worked at St. Peter School day care at the time of his arrest.

Caldwell continues to be held in the Adams County Jail on $700,000 bond.

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