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BLOOMINGTON - A Bloomington man and a Peoria woman were in federal court Friday in Peoria on charges related to child pornography.

Tyrone Lenard Williams, 33, of the 700 block of E. Douglas St., and Sarah Leeann Smith, 20, of Peoria, were arrested Thursday, the U.S. attorney's office for the Central District of Illinois announced Friday.

A third suspect in the case, Robert Lee Williams, 23, currently an Illinois Department of Corrections inmate, is to appear in court March 16.

The indictment says that the three, who were personal acquaintances, produced child pornography from December 2004 to December 2005 at Tyrone Williams' residence.

He had a digital camera and computer with Internet access.

Tyrone Williams is accused of providing alcohol and marijuana to teenage boys and girls ages 13 to 15 to persuade the teens to come to his residence and stay, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Tyrone Williams and Smith are accused of persuading teens to engage in sexually explicit acts with each other as well as with the defendants while photographed.

Tyrone Williams faces an additional count of distribution of child pornography via computer Feb. 8, 2006.

The offense of production of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum of 15 to 30 years in prison.

Distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five to 20 years in prison.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Central Illinois Cybercrime Unit.

That includes people from Bloomington and Peoria police, the U.S. Secret Service, FBI, Tazewell County state's attorney's office and the U.S. attorney's office.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John A. Gorman ordered Tyrone Williams and Smith detained until a court hearing Feb. 27.

Their trial is scheduled for April 17.

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