Operation Glass House

Child porn sentence
4:47 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Man Arrested In Child Pornography Crackdown Sentenced To Nearly 13 Years

Ill. Atty. General Lisa Madigan announces the arrest of Garold Semelka on child pornography charges in August 2011. Semelka was sentenced on those charges today to 12 years in federal prison.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A Belleville, Ill. man arrested as part of Attorney General Lisa Madigan's crackdown on child pornography last year will spend more than a dozen years in federal prison for his crimes.

Garold Lee Semelka, 62, pleaded guilty in June to receiving and possessing child pornography. His computer contained more than 600 images or videos of minors engaging in sexually explicit activity.

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Child porn crackdown
5:18 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Madigan declares "Operation Glass House" a success

Ill. Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan speaks at a press conference on Aug. 25, 2011 regarding "Operation Glass House," an effort to go after the top 25 child pornography consumers in the state.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Ill. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says a year-long effort to target the top 25 consumers of child pornography in Illinois has been a success.

Two Belleville men - 61-year-old Garold Lee Semelka and Mike G. Telkamp, 48, were the 25th and 26th men arrested under Operation Glass House, the anti-child pornography initiative Madigan launched in August 2010.

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