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Glen Burnie Man Sentenced to Prison for Possession Of Child Pornography

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January 19, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson sentenced Paul Gary Pinkston, age 27, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, today to 20 months in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for possession of child pornography. Judge Nickerson also ordered that Pinkston 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; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; Acting Postal Inspector in Charge Keith A. Fixel of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service - Washington Division; and Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare, Sr.

According to Pinkston’s plea agreement, on May 4, 2009, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement executed a search warrant at Pinkston’s residence, after investigation showed that he subscribed to a fee-based child pornography website. During the search, agents seized Pinkston’s computer and a subsequent forensic examination revealed images of prepubescent minors, under the age of 12, engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including 29 videos and 53 images.

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 http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised ICE Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Anne Arundel County Police Department for their investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Judson T. Mihok, who prosecuted the case.

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