Georgia man sentenced for possession of child pornography
BUFFALO, U.S.--Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Stanley R. Tarnowski, 58 of Fayetteville, GA, who was convicted of possession of child pornography, was sentenced to 60 months in prison and five years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White, who handled the case, stated that on June 14, 2011, the defendant attempted to enter the United States from Canada and was pulled over for a secondary inspection. Law enforcement officers discovered videos and images of child pornography on Tarnowski's laptop computer. Further investigation determined the videos and images were transmitted over the internet through the use of e-mail. Some of the images depicted children younger than 12 years old and contained depictions of violence.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of James C. Spero, Special Agent-in-Charge.