Marion man arrested in multi-state child sex crime case

WILLIAMSON COUNTY — Illinois State Police investigators arrested a 19-year-old Marion man Wednesday on child sex crimes alleged in multiple states across the country.

Joshua Bloodworth was arrested by agents conducting an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation. ISP DCI Zone 7 and agents from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence in Williamson County where Bloodworth was taken into custody.

He’s charged with sexually exploiting multiple female juvenile victims from California, South Dakota, and Illinois.

Charges include misdemeanor Sexual Exploitation of a Child, Class 4 felony grooming, and Class 1 felony Production of Child Pornography.

Bloodworth was transported to Williamson County Jail where he’s currently being held awaiting a bond hearing.

The Exeter, CA Police Department and Watertown, SD Police Department also assisted ISP DCI Zone 7 in this open and ongoing investigation.

Anyone with additional information regarding possible illegal conduct by Bloodworth is asked to call ISP DCI Zone 7 at 618-384-0723.