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Man Given 30 Year Prison Term For Producing Child Porn

Brett Blume
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FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (KMOX) –  A Fairview Heights man is headed to federal prison for 30 years after he was found guilty of video-taping himself having sex with a girl on her 13th birthday.

Evidence presented at trial showed that Steven D. Ballinger was 26 when the taping occurred, on the girl’s 13th birthday in July 2006.

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Steven D. Ballinger

It was also revealed that the relationship between Ballinger and the juvenile went back to when she was only 12.

In addition, Ballinger admitted to giving the child cocaine and alcohol during their relationship.

The girl later had to be admitted to a rehabilitation center for treatment of her cocaine addiction.

During trial prosecutors also presented evidence that Ballinger, now 31, had a long history of committing sexual assaults dating back to the late 1990’s, but none of those incidents had been prosecuted for one reason or another.

During an appearance in federal court Tuesday morning, Ballinger was ordered to spend 30 years in federal prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton called it a “tough, but fair” decision that was based in part on testimony from those who know Ballinger that he was a “danger to society with a high risk to re-offend in the future”.

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