BOSTON - A Lowell man was convicted today in federal court of transportation and possession of child pornography.
William H. Noble, 46, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to transportation and possession of child pornography.
Had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that Noble, under the username “notmeatall,” communicated online through a peer-to-peer network with an undercover agent. Noble made nearly 2,000 child pornography image and video files available for trading and sharing. From Noble, the undercover agent downloaded 49 files depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including several with adult men and boys who appeared to be as young as four years old. Noble admitted to viewing child pornography and using multiple peer-to-peer networks to trade child pornography.
Judge Gorton scheduled sentencing for Sept. 7, 2012. Noble faces up to 30 years in prison, to be followed by up to lifetime years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Yoon of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit and Trial Attorney Thomas Franzinger of the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section.
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
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