Nottingham Man Sentenced for Distributing Child Pornography on the Internet
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced William Wagner, Jr., age 32, of Nottingham, Maryland, today to five years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for distributing child pornography.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Colonel Terrence Sheridan, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Sergeant Dave Betz of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Director of the Harford County Child Advocacy Center; and Harford County Sheriff L. Jesse Bane.
According to Wagner’s plea agreement, on January 29, 2009 a detective from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, working with a FBI Baltimore undercover operation, searched the internet in an undercover capacity for users who were downloading or sharing child pornography. The detective located an internet address used by Wagner to share child pornography. On July 1, 2009 officers from the Maryland State Police executed a search warrant at Wagner’s residence and seized a computer and hard drive.
In a separate investigation, on September 4, 2009, members of the FBI Baltimore Cyber Crimes squad executed a federal search warrant at Wagner’s residence and seized two more computers, an Xbox, camera, IPod and other electronic items.
Subsequent investigation of the items seized from Wagner’s residence revealed over 600 images of child pornography.
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.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, the Maryland State Police, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and its Child Advocacy Center for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamera L. Fine, who prosecuted the case.