Elmore County Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography
Montgomery, Alabama - Joshua Ray Parton, age 25, of Elmore County, Alabama, pled guilty yesterday to producing child pornography, U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., announced. On or about May 1, 2011, Parton coerced a young boy to engage in sexually explicit conduct. Parton then used his cell phone camera to video his molestation of the child. Based on his guilty plea, Parton faces no less than 15 years and as much as 40 years in federal prison and could be ordered to spend the rest of his life on supervised release.
“Children are to be treasured not molested and abused,” stated U.S. Attorney Beck. “This case will bring a child predator to justice and make our children safer.”
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit justice.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit justice.gov/psc/resources.
This case is being investigated by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jared H. Morris.
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