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Chaska man sentenced for possessing child pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2012


MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 67-year-old Chaska man was sentenced for possessing child pornography. United States District Court Judge John R. Tunheim sentenced Wayne Lee Bourne to 12 months and one day in prison on one count of possession of child pornography. Bourne, who was charged on September 6, 2011, pleaded guilty on September 21, 2011.

In his plea agreement, Bourne admitted that on June 21, 2007, he possessed one or more devices, including a computer, containing a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Minnesota Cyber Crimes Task Force, which is sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service. Other agencies that participated in the investigation included the Chaska Police Department and the FBI’s Birmingham, Alabama, and Philadelphia field offices. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly A. Svendsen.

Possession of child pornography is against the law. In addition to prosecuting these cases, the Justice Department is presently funding a study focused on the correlation between involvement in child pornography and hands-on sexual abuse of children. A 2008 study (The Butner Study) published in the Journal of Family Violence found that up to 80 percent of federal inmates incarcerated for possession, receipt, or distribution of child pornography also admitted to hands-on sexual abuse of children, ranging from touching to rape.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and identify and rescue victims. For more information about PSC, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/resources.html and click on the tab “resources.”

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