A federal jury returned guilty verdicts against Kevin Dial, 52, of Decatur, for two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. Sentencing for Dial has been scheduled for February 26, 2024, in front of United States District Judge Colin S. Bruce at the federal courthouse in Urbana, Illinois.
Over three days of testimony, the government presented evidence to establish that Dial directed another individual to sexually abuse three minor victims, all of whom were under the age of 11 at the time, and to video record that abuse. Dial then ordered the individual to send the video recordings of the sexual abuse to him.
Dial remains in the custody of the United States Marshals Service. At sentencing, Dial faces statutory penalties of 15 to 30 years’ imprisonment on each of the sexual exploitation counts and up to 20 years’ imprisonment for receiving and possessing child pornography. The district judge may order that the sentences on each count be served consecutively.
The case investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield Field Office, with assistance from the Philippine National Police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rachel Ritzer and Nathan Bertrand represented the government at trial.