FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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Maryland Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison on Federal Charges
Of Transportation and Possession of Child Pornography
WASHINGTON – A 37-year-old man from Silver Spring, Md., was sentenced today to 14 years in prison after earlier pleading guilty to federal charges of transportation and possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
The defendant, who is not identified here to protect the privacy of the victim, pled guilty in December 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He was sentenced by the Honorable Rosemary M. Collyer. Upon completion of his prison term, the defendant must register as a sex offender for 25 years. He also will be placed on 10 years of supervised release.
According to the government's evidence, in August 2010, an underage girl reported to the Montgomery County, Md., Police Department that the defendant had been sexually abusing her for three years, in Maryland and in another state. The girl also told authorities that, using his cellphone, the defendant videotaped the abuse. Further investigation revealed that the defendant transported the videotaped images of the sexual contact with the girl.
A subsequent search warrant of the defendant’s residence revealed that he possessed numerous still images and videos in several electronic devices including cameras, cellular phones and computers. Those images depict him engaging in sexual contact with the girl.
This case was initiated by the Montgomery County Police Department and referred to the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of the FBI's Washington Field Office and MPD.
This case was brought as part of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood initiative and investigated by the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of the FBI's Washington Field Office and MPD. Project Safe Childhood is 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 U.S. 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 those who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director in Charge Parlave and Chief Lanier praised the MPD Detectives and Special Agents of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. They also commended Montgomery County Police Department Sgt. Errol Birch and Detective Kristie Taylor for their work on the investigation, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Julieanne Himelstein, who prosecuted the case.