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August 4, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ELKRIDGE MAN SENTENCED TO 6 YEARS IN PRISON FOR RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ONLINE AND BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A GUN
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Clifford Anthony Clarkson, age 49, of Elkridge, Maryland, today to six years in prison, followed by supervised release for life, after Clarkson pleaded guilty today to receiving child pornography online and being a felon in possession of a gun.
The guilty plea and sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and Colonel Terrence Sheridan, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.
According to Clarkson’s guilty plea, on June 15, 2009 an undercover Maryland State Police officer downloaded several files that Clarkson made available from his computer for sharing on the internet, which documented the sexual abuse of minors. On October 27, 2009, police officers executed a search warrant at Clarkson’s home and seized a number of computers and digital storage media which contained over 100 videos of child pornography.
Agents also seized a .22 caliber revolver from his residence. Clarkson had previously been convicted of assault in the second degree in Prince George’ County and thus, was prohibited from possessing a gun.
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. Details about Maryland’s program are available at www.justice.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Judson Mihok, who prosecuted the case.