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Former Library of Congress Employee Sentenced to 10 Years for Possession of Child Pornography


Several Women Alleged They Were Inappropriately Fondled
by the Defendant at Their Church When They Were Young Girls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2008

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced William W. Smith, age 53, of Silver Spring, Maryland, a former employee of the Library of Congress, today to 10 years in prison followed by supervised release for life for possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Ten years is the maximum penalty under the federal statute for the offense of possession of child pornography. Judge Messitte also ordered that Smith pay a fine of $17,500.

“In many cases, people who collect child pornography also abuse children,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Maryland’s Project Safe Childhood program has created a strong and credible deterrent to sexual abuse of children.”

According to his plea agreement, on January 29, 2008, Smith possessed over 20,000 images of child pornography, including prepubescent minors younger than 12 years, and sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence. The images were electronically stored in his computers, external hard drives, CDs, DVDs and videocassettes in his home and office at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Additionally, several women have alleged that 25 years ago, when they were young girls, Smith fondled them inappropriately at their church in Washington, D.C. over a two- to three-year period. Videotapes of child pornography found in Smith’s home included evidence of possible inappropriate touching of these and other young girls.

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 thanked the Library of Congress Office of Inspector General and the United States Secret Service for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Robert K. Hur, who prosecuted the case.

 

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