Wetumpka Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges
Montgomery, Alabama - Edward Lee Bodkin, 69, of Wetumpka, Alabama, was sentenced to serve 168 months in federal prison for knowingly possessing child pornography, United States Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., announced today. Bodkin pled guilty to the charges back in March of 2012. The sentence of fourteen years handed down by United States District Judge William K. Watkins falls within the range prescribed by the federal sentencing guidelines.
The investigation of Bodkin began in August 2011, when Elmore County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant of Bodkin’s residence and found computer media that contained over 1,000 images and 80 videos of children being sexually abused and raped. When questioned, Bodkin admitted that he was in possession of child pornography. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was able to identify the child victims in 228 images and 29 of the videos Bodkin possessed.
“As a community, we must nurture and protect our children in any way allowable under the law,” said U.S. Attorney Beck. “This sentence will take another child predator off the streets of our district and make our district safer for our precious children.”
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 that aims to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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.justice.gov/psc.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorneys Nathan D. Stump and Jared H. Morris prosecuted the case.
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