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Halethorpe Man Sentenced to 10 ½ Years for Distributing Child Pornography on the Internet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced George J. Emge, age 27, of Halethorpe, Maryland, today to 126 months in prison followed by supervised release for life for distributing child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to his guilty plea, on November 1, 2006, agents seized computers, disks, camera equipment, videos and photographs at Emge’s home. Emge admitted to having images of child pornography on his computer and that he traded child pornography with 10 to 12 other people on the internet, giving them child pornography in expectation of receiving additional child pornography.

A forensic search of Emge’s computer hard drives revealed more than 30,000 images and 1,800 movie files of child pornography on Emge’s desktop and laptop computers. Most of the images depicted prepubescent minors, including known child victims, and included sadistic and masochistic images depicting child pornography.

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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Baltimore County Police Department and the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who prosecuted the case.

 

 

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