Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Pornography on the Internet
Baltimore, Maryland - Lance Alan Russell, age 44, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, pleaded today to distributing child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to his guilty plea, on January 22, 2007, Russell was identified as the individual who sent and received e-mail containing images documenting the sexual abuse of children to another person, who had been arrested in Fresno, California. In February 2007, agents obtained a search warrant for Russell’s e-mail accounts which contained images of child pornography. After obtaining a search warrant for Russell’s home, agents seized four desktop computers and two laptops.
Forensic analysis of the computers located at Russell’s residence revealed over 2,000 still images of child pornography, including images documenting the sexual abuse of prepubescent children. Forensic analysis also identified over 600 instances of e-mails sent from Russell’s account with attachments that depicted child pornography and over 900 e-mails with attached files depicting child pornography that were received by Russell.
Russell faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, followed by supervised release for life. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. has scheduled sentencing of April 17, 2009 at 1:00 p.m.
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 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Anne Arundel County Police Department for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who is prosecuting the case.