Judge Ok's Use of Evidence in Love's Child Porn Trial

Journal Star

September 5, 2008

PEORIA A federal judge approved prosecutors' request Friday to use some evidence that a Bloomington man abused boys at his child pornography trial next month.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm held that using some of the evidence but not all of it would not be so biased against James C. Love that he could not receive a fair trial. But the judge didn't go as far as prosecutors wanted. Instead of using all of the handful of boys, prosecutors will have to pick two examples to use at the Oct. 14 trial.

Prosecutors said they sought to introduce the evidence to show a pattern to Love's actions. Love's attorney, however, argued the evidence was so prejudicial toward his client that jurors could get swayed by evidence not central to the charges at hand.

Love was arrested in May 2007 after allegations he molested boys at his home in April. Charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery are pending against him in McLean County Circuit Court.

He had been a substitute teacher for District 87 in Bloomington and for Unit 5 in Normal since 2003. He ministered at the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Bloomington.

If convicted, Love faces 15 to 30 years in prison on the federal charges. That could be added onto whatever he receives if convicted in state court.


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