Payson man part of federal child exploitation indictment

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PEORIA — A Payson man was one of five Illinois residents a federal grand jury indicted on various charges on March 15.

According to a news release issued by the United States Attorney’s office, two men were charged during a Project Safe Childhood investigation: Michael Kamphaus, 33, of Payson, and Jason Musselman, 34, of Toulon.

Project Safe Childhood is a U.S. Department of Justice effort to investigate child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Kamphaus was charged with attempted trafficking of a minor and attempted enticement of a minor. He is currently is the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Musselman faces five counts of sexual exploitation of a child, one count of child pornography distribution, and one count of possession of material containing child pornography. He was released on bond.

On charges not related to child sex crimes, Raphael Thompson, 34, of Peoria, Vonta Commer, 36, of Springfield, and Aaron Rossi, 39, of Bloomington were indicted on a variety of charges ranging from drug and firearm charges to filing false tax returns.

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