child pornography distributor sentenced to 10 years in federal prison
Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that on October 15, 2010, an Anchorage man was sentenced to ten years in federal prison to be followed by lifetime supervised release for distributing and possessing child pornography.
Peter Roger Taylor, 67, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge H. Russel Holland.
According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Kyle G. French, Taylor distributed child pornography during Internet chat communications while “role playing” as a young girl. On September 3, 2008, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Taylor’s home and seized computers, external hard drives, and a thumb drive containing child pornography. Taylor possessed approximately 500 images and 30 videos depicting children being sexually abused including, children under the age of 12 and in bondage.
The Anchorage Police Department conducted the investigation leading to Taylor’s conviction with the assistance of the South Burlington Vermont Police Department, Alaska State Troopers, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.
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.