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June 24, 2010

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge today sentenced the former director of a Birmingham-area vocational training and support services organization for people with disabilities to 3½ years in prison for possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance announced.

U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor also ordered JAMES EVERETT CRIM III, 64, to serve 25 years supervised release after he completes his prison term.

“This man’s possession of child pornography shows he was willing to exploit an innocent child for his own perverse pleasure,” Vance said. “That violation of the law and of the trust of the innocent must be punished.”

CRIM was the executive director of WorkShops Inc. before resigning in early December. A federal grand jury indicted him in late December on one count of possessing child pornography. He pleaded guilty to that charge in March. In his plea agreement, CRIM admitted to sexual contact with a mentally handicapped woman, as well as to possessing pornographic images of a 12-year-old girl. The images were contained on a laptop computer CRIM possessed.

The mentally handicapped woman referred to in his plea agreement was not a participant in the WorkShops program.

The Mountain Brook Police Department and special agents of the U.S. Secret Service investigated the case, which is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura D. Hodge.


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