Glen Burnie Man Pleads Guilty to Receiving Child Pornography
Baltimore, Maryland - David Jerome Manning, age 67, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to receiving child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to his guilty plea, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement received information that Manning had purchased multiple subscriptions to websites that were distributing child pornography. On February 14, 2008 a search warrant was executed at Manning’s home and agents seized a desktop computer and several pieces of removable media. Forensic analysis of the computer and removable media located at Manning’s residence revealed thousands of images and videos of child pornography, including approximately 78 image files and 443 video files contained on the three hard drives, which matched files originating from one of the four child pornography websites that Manning paid to access. Forensic analysis on a portion of the removable media seized from Manning’s residence revealed approximately 1900 images and video files of suspected child pornography. Manning admitted to the investigating agents that he had been collecting child pornography for approximately five years.
Manning faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years, and a maximum of 20 years in prison, followed by supervised release for life. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has scheduled sentencing for December 22, 2008 at 10:00 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 Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Anne Arundel County Police Department for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who is prosecuting the case.