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North Carolina Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Receiving Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2010

Rock Island, Ill. – U.S. District Court Judge Joe B. McDade today sentenced John Paul Krauss, 52, to 10 years in federal prison. Krauss previously pled guilty in federal court to three counts of knowingly receiving child pornography. In addition to the 10-year prison sentence, Krauss was ordered to serve a term of supervised release for life and was ordered to forfeit computer equipment used in the crime. Krauss will also have to register as a sex offender. At the time of his arrest, Krauss resided in Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to the plea agreement entered in the case, Krauss admitted that in November 2007 he began having discussions with a minor girl from Rock Island County via the Internet. These discussions turned sexual in nature soon thereafter. As admitted by Krauss, in December 2007, Krauss persuaded the minor to produce a video of the minor that involved sexually explicit conduct. Other videos of similar conduct were knowingly received by Krauss in December 2007 and January 2008. The visual depictions were sent from the minor, who was in Rock Island County, Illinois, to Krauss in North Carolina.

The investigation was conducted by the Moline Police Department; the FBI Cybercrime Task Force in Charlotte, North Carolina; the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in cooperation with the Central Illinois Cybercrime Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Cannon under the Project Safe Childhood initiative.

This case was brought 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 via the Internet as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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