MARION – A Marion man is in custody for child pornography.
19-year-old Joshua Bloodworth was arrested on May 5 and charged with sexually exploiting a child, groom, and producing child pornography, according to a press release from the Illinois State Police.
The arrest came after officers from the Illinois State Police Division of Zone 7 Criminal Investigation and agents from the Illinois Attorney General executed a search warrant on a Williamson County residence.
Bloodworth was accused of sexually exploiting several female juvenile victims from California, South Dakota and Illinois. Fees include sexual exploitation of a child (Class A crimes), caregiving (Class 4 crimes), and child pornography production (Class 1 crimes).
Bloodworth has been taken to Williamson County Jail, where he is currently being held pending a hearing.
Law enforcement agencies in Exeter, California and Watertown, South Dakota are supporting this ongoing investigation.
Anyone with additional information about possible illegal conduct by Bloodworth is encouraged to call the ISP DCI Zone 7 at (618) 384-0723.