FRANKLIN MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
WILBER RAY CRAIN, 37, of Franklin, Louisiana, was sentenced in federal court today by U. S. District Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle to fifty-seven (57) months for a felony charge involving the sexual exploitation of children, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten today.
According to court documents, CRAIN pled guilty admitting that on July 8, 2008, agents from the Attorney General’s Office and Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office executed a state search warrant at his Franklin residence and found that he was in possession of a computer and related computer equipment that contained approximately 60 images and 8 videos depicting the sexual victimization of children.
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 United States 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.
This case is being investigated by the High Tech Crimes Unit of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.
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