New Windsor Child Porn Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

A New Windsor man charged with three Class X felony child porn counts makes his first appearance in Mercer County Circuit Court. The public defender was appointed for 59 year old James Pierson Thursday morning with a preliminary hearing scheduled for February 25th. Pierson was arrested Wednesday following an investigation that began in January. He is being held in the Mercer County Jail on $500,000 bond. Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Kewanee Police Department, New Windsor Police Department, Illinois Attorney General’s Office and federal authorities are involved in the investigation.