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Edgewood Man Sentenced to 5 ½ Years for Receipt of Child Pornography

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July 18, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Matthew Justin Perry, age 29, of Edgewood, Maryland, today to 66 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for receipt of child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to the plea agreement, an undercover U.S. Postal Inspector posted an advertisement/message on March 3, 2005 in 12 computer newsgroups that cater to persons who have a sexual interest in minors. Perry responded to the posting. Through a series of emails, Perry stated that he was interested in purchasing videos of child pornography and provided a detailed description of what he wanted. Perry was given a list of three videos with descriptions of their contents and he agreed to buy all three. Perry sent payment for the videos to a post office box in Ohio.

On May 13, 2005, law enforcement officers made a controlled delivery of three VHS tapes containing child pornography to Perry at his home. Shortly after Perry signed for the package, Perry’s residence was searched. A forensic search of Perry’s computers revealed over 2,000 images of child pornography, as well as copies of the e-mail communications between Perry and the undercover agent. A number of the images depicted prepubescent minors.

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 U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who prosecuted the case.

 

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