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AUSA VICKIE E. LEDUC or
MARCIA MURPHY at 410-209-4885
DECEMBER 3, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Baltimore, Maryland - Gregory D. Corbitt, age 39, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Corbitt lived in Hawaii, where the indictment was filed, but moved to Maryland prior to his indictment, so the case was transferred to Maryland.
According to the statement of facts presented to the court as part of his guilty plea, on October 27, 2006, and November 29, 2006, Corbitt, possessed in excess of 600 images of child pornography, including numerous movie files, on a laptop computer owned by his wife and on compact discs stored at her home. Some of these images and files had been deleted and were recovered from the computer’s hard drive; other images had been stored on the computer and compact discs. Corbitt’s wife at that time was an active duty Air Force member living on Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, where Corbitt had also resided prior to moving to Maryland. Corbitt was interviewed by Air Force investigators and admitted that the child pornography on the laptop computer belonged to him, not his wife, and directed the agents to the compact discs containing additional images.
Corbitt faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, followed by supervised release for life, for possession of child pornography. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for February 22, 2008 at 9:15 a.m.
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Clare Connors who indicted the case in Hawaii and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamera L. Fine, who is prosecuting the case in Maryland.