Godfrey man pleads guilty to child porn, sex assault charges

David Von Bergen

David Von Bergen

EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – A 35-year-old Godfrey man faces anywhere from 30 to 180 years in prison after pleading guilty to having sex with minors and filming videos of the acts, Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said Friday.

According to court documents, David Von Bergen admitted his crimes before the trial was scheduled to begin on October 31. He pleaded guilty to two counts of child pornography and two other counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Von Vergen was originally charged in September 2014 following an investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Forensic Computer Crimes Unit.

Von Bergen was previously convicted of possessing child porn in 2001.

The sentencing range on the child pornography charge is 9 to 30 years and between 6 and 60 years on each of the predatory sexual assault of a child charges. Each of the charges will run consecutive to one another.

Prosecutors said they will seek the maximum sentence on each of the charges.

Von Bergen will remain in custody at Madison County Jail until sentencing.