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Former Union City Firefighter Sentenced for Receiving Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2013

NEWNAN, Ga. - Justin D.  Corley was sentenced today to serve five years in federal prison for receiving child pornography. 

“This defendant collected a large number of horrible images and videos portraying the sexual abuse of young children.  The fact that he apparently traded some of these images with other collectors while he was on duty as a municipal firefighter is particularly troubling,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.  “Mr. Corley has justly earned a significant sentence for his role in victimizing these children and by violating his public position.”

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: In November 2011, the United States Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations (DHS/HSI) initiated a peer-to-peer file sharing operation in an effort to identify people in the Atlanta area who were involved in receiving or distributing child pornography via the internet.  HSI investigators determined that Justin Corley made child pornography files available to other collectors using a wireless internet protocol address assigned to the Union City (Ga.) Fire Department.  On January 19, 2012, a federal agent downloaded files containing child pornography from Corley who was then using an internet protocol address associated with a family member. 

On February 7, 2012, federal agents executed a search warrant at Corley’s home in Newnan, Ga., and seized his laptop computer.  A forensic examination of Corley’s computer revealed more than 9,000 images of child pornography in the form of photographs and videos.

Corley, 31, of Newnan, Ga., has been sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr., to five years in prison to be followed by 15 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,000.  Corley was convicted on these charges on July 9, 2013, after he pleaded guilty.

This case is being investigated by Special Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations

Assistant United States Attorney Brent Alan Gray prosecuted the case.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Attorney General launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices around the country, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is www.justice.gov/usao/gan.

 

 

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