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Defendant Sentenced For Possession Of Child Pornography

August 27, 2013


Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that
Russell Lloyd Norvell, 44, of Doerun, Georgia, was sentenced on Monday, August 26, 2013, by the Honorable Hugh Lawson, Senior United States District Judge, in Valdosta, Georgia, for possession of child pornography.  Judge Lawson sentenced Mr. Norvell to sixty-one (61) months imprisonment to be followed by twenty-five (25) years supervised release and mandatory registration as a sex offender.

Mr. Norvell entered a plea of guilty on June 3, 2013, to one count of possession of child pornography.  Mr. Norvell admitted that he used a computer at his residence to search for and download child pornography between March and May, 2011.  Based on information received by law enforcement agents, an Internet Protocol address was traced to the Norvell residence.  A search warrant was executed on this residence on June 23, 2011.  During the search, the agents located a number of computers in the home and Mr. Norvell admitted he used one of the computers to access child pornography.   A thumbdrive and a DVD were discovered containing child pornography as well.  The search further revealed over 600 images and videos of minors, including minors under the age of twelve (12) years, engaged in sexual activity including being subjected to sexual intercourse with adult males as well as sadistic and masochistic conduct.

“Mr. Norvell caused the young children in these disgusting images to be re-victimized every time he looked at the pictures and videos.  The Department of Justice prioritizes protecting our children by prosecuting people like Mr. Norvell,” said United States Attorney Michael Moore.

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert D. McCullers.

Inquiries regarding the case should be directed to Sue McKinney, Public Affairs Specialist, United States Attorney's Office at (478) 621-2602.

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