May 11 Plea Date Set In Mercer County Child Porn Case

A plea date has been set for a New Windsor man awaiting trial on child porn charges. 60-year-old James Pierson will return to Mercer County Circuit Court May 11. The date was scheduled Monday morning during a pre-trial conference. Pierson faces three Class X felonies stemming from his arrest in February of 2020. The investigation involved the Illinois State Police, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Kewanee Police Department, New Windsor Police Department, and the Illinois Attorney General’s office along with federal authorities. Pierson remains in the Mercer County Jail on $500,000 bond.