Sex offender sent to prison on porn charge

Published: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 12:51 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 11:50 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – A sex offender previously convicted on child pornography charges was given prison time for again possessing similar lewd material.

Lance R. Portzen, 26, was charged in April 2013 with three counts of aggravated child pornography and three counts of child pornography. According to the criminal complaint, Portzen had several lewd images on his computer depicting male and female children younger than 13.

Portzen pleaded guilty Friday to one count of aggravated child pornography in a plea deal accepted by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather. He was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison, and all other remaining charges were dismissed. He was given credit for 607 days in prison. The maximum Portzen could have been sentenced on a Class 2 felony was seven years.

Assistant State's Attorney Robert Zalud said the images for the crime to which Portzen admitted depicted three female children, two of whom were painting the naked body of a third child.

In court documents, Portzen provided a mailing address in Round Lake Heights, but he is listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry as homeless.

According to the registry, Portzen was convicted in Lake County of possession of child pornography when he was 20.

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