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Crime & Courts

Ex-Sycamore man now faces federal charges

SYCAMORE – A former Sycamore resident accused of intending to deliver marijuana in DeKalb County was indicted Tuesday on federal child pornography charges.

Michael Podolsky, 26, now of Elkader, Iowa, faces two counts of transmitting child pornography over the Internet and one count of possessing child pornography which crossed state lines, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

Podolsky has a pending criminal case in DeKalb County for possession of between 10 and 30 grams of marijuana with the intent to deliver.

Of the federal charges, transporting child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Possessing child pornography carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, the news release states.

Generally, when someone faces more serious federal charges while also having a pending local criminal case, prosecutors dismiss the local charges because the federal charges carry more significant penalties, said Duke Harris, DeKalb County assistant state’s attorney.

If convicted of the federal charges, the sentence would be determined by a federal judge, guided by U.S. sentencing guidelines, the news release states. The marijuana charge is typically punishable by between one to three years in prison. Podolsky is next due in court on that charge March 20.

Podolsky was not in custody Tuesday in DeKalb County Jail, but would be sent to a federal lockup if arrested on a federal warrant, Harris said.

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