Another Pre-Trial Conference Scheduled In Federal Court For Mercer County Sexual Exploitation Case

William Ashby

Aaron Beauchamp

A child porn case that originated in Mercer County has been pushed back again in federal court. A pre-trial conference this week was continued to February 14th for William Ashby of East Moline and Aaron Beauchamp of Matherville. A jury trial remains scheduled for March 5th. Both are charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Child—punishable by 15 to 30 years in prison upon conviction. The two were originally charged at the state level in March of 2016 for incidents involving a 16-year-old juvenile. Beauchamp and Ashby remain in U.S. Marshals Service custody.