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Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison After Being Found With Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY – A convicted sex offender, registered with the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry, has been sentenced to ten years in prison by Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. after pleading guilty to knowingly possessing child pornography announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Eddie G. Owens, age 59, of Louisville, Kentucky, was found to be in possession of child pornography on May 31, 2011, by a detective with the Louisville Metro Police Department and Deputy United States Marshal. The law enforcement officials were participating in a multi-agency joint task force effort verifying the addresses and actual residences of individuals on the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry. Owens had been convicted in Illinois of first degree unlawful transaction with a minor and was required by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to register with the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry. According to the registry, the victim in the Illinois case was 12 years old. In order to check Kentucky’s Sex Offender Registry, visit http://kspsor.state.ky.us.

According to the Affidavit attached to the June 7, 2011, Criminal Complaint, although Owens was in compliance with this registration obligation, he possessed numerous images of printed child pornography. On July 20, 2011, a federal grand jury meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, indicted Owens on a single count of possessing child pornography.

Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case. The Louisville Metro Police Department and United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, the Department of Justice’s nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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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