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Germantown Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Receipt Of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Matthew Mullock, age 29, of Germantown, Maryland, today to five years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for receipt of child pornography. Judge Messitte ordered that upon his release from prison, Mullock must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.

According to the plea agreement, agents with Homeland Security Investigations conducted a nationwide investigation of individuals who purchased memberships to websites that advertised and offered access to images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Through email, Mullock used his credit card to purchase a 30 day subscription to a restricted website which provided access to images depicting children being sexually abused. After his initial subscription expired, Mullock attempted, via email, to purchase an additional 30 day subscription, but cancelled the transaction after he realized it was for the same child pornography website that offered the same material he had previously viewed. Agents executed a search warrant at Mullock’s residence and seized a computer and other digital media. A subsequent forensic analysis of the computer revealed over 4,000 images and 350 videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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 commended ICE Homeland Security Investigations for its work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant U.S. Attorney LisaMarie Freitas, assigned from the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, who prosecuted the case.

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