Meridian Man Sentenced for Possessing Sexually Explicit Images of Minors
BOISE – Robert Wesley Henry, 32, of Meridian, Idaho, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison followed by ten years of supervised release for possession of sexually explicit images of minors, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Henry was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise. He pleaded guilty to the charge in December 2010.
According to court documents, Henry was identified as a suspect when he purchased access to a known child pornography website using his PayPal account. Investigators found sexually explicit images of known minors as young as twelve years of age from Connecticut, Florida and England on his computer.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, 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 individuals who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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