Crofton Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of More than 600 Images of Child Pornography on His Computer
Possessed Images of Children Between 7 and 14 Years Old, and Sadistic Images
Baltimore, Maryland - James Spencer Godboldte, age 21, of Crofton, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to his guilty plea, on June 30, 2006 an undercover agent in Tampa, Florida downloaded two images of child pornography from a computer address later determined to belong to Godboldte. Law enforcement agents searched his residence on September 8, 2006. Child pornography images of children between seven and 14 years old were found on his computer. Over 600 images of child pornography, including sadistic and masochistic images, were also found.
Godboldte faces a maximum sentence of 10 years followed by supervised release for life. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for November 18, 2008 at 9:00 a.m.
This case was brought as part of 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. Details about Maryland’s program are available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Maryland State Police, Computer Crimes Unit for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who is prosecuting the case.