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Dundalk Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography Through the Internet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Scott Carpenter, age 44, of Dundalk, Maryland, today to five years in prison, followed by supervised release for life, for receipt of child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Department of Justice Criminal Division.

Carpenter pleaded guilty on April 15, 2008, one day after his criminal trial in Baltimore began on charges of receipt of child pornography, transportation of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. The charges were developed through an FBI investigation into individuals who use file sharing or peer-to-peer software programs to trade child sexual abuse images and video files over the Internet. Peer-to-peer networks allow users connected to the Internet to link their computers with other computers around the world and thereby share information and files.

According to Carpenter’s guilty plea, on November 20, 2006, an undercover FBI agent signed on to LimeWire, a peer-to-peer software program, and entered a search term known to be associated with images of child pornography. Among the responses was one from an IP address later identified as belonging to Carpenter, from which the agent downloaded 14 images of child pornography depicting pre-pubescent children engaged in various sexual acts. A federal search warrant was later executed at Carpenter’s home, and the FBI recovered a computer used by Carpenter which contained more than 100 images and videos of children engaged in sexual acts. In his guilty plea, Carpenter admitted to using a file share program to receive child pornography, including a child sexual abuse image on Feb. 23, 2006.

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 and Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation Innocent Images Unit for its investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Trial Attorney LisaMarie Freitas of the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney P. Michael Cunningham, who are prosecuting the case.

 

 

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