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Hyattsville Man Sentenced to over 8 Years in Prison for Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography


Possessed Over 42,000 Images and 670 Videos of Child Pornography, Including Images Depicting Bondage and the Sadomasochistic Sexual Abuse of Children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced David B. Twitty, age 64, of Hyattsville, Maryland, today to 100 months in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for possessing and distributing child pornography. Judge Titus also ordered that upon his release from prison, Twitty 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 Twitty’s plea agreement, on four occasions between August 16 and December 15, 2009, Twitty used the screennames “perv62” of “perv63" to distribute a total of 91 images depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct to an online website where users would upload and download child pornography.

On October 13, 2010, after identifying the screennames as belonging to Twitty, ICE HSI agents executed a search warrant at his residence. Twitty confessed that he had been trafficking in child pornography for six to seven years, that his interest was in images depicting pre-pubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct and that his collection included images depicting bondage and the sadomasochistic sexual abuse of children.

During the search, agents seized Twitty’s computers and other digital media items which contained over 42,000 images and approximately 670 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.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers. ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or its online tip form at http://www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended ICE HSI for its work in the investigation and thanked Special Assistant U.S. Attorney LisaMarie Freitas, who prosecuted the case.


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