FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY, January 24, 2006
RALEIGH – On January 18, 2006, United States District Court Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced RANDY CARL SWOPE, 48, of Rocky Point, North Carolina to a nine-year prison term for trafficking in child pornography. SWOPE pled guilty on September 26, 2005, to charges that he transmitted and received child pornography over the Internet, as well as to a related charge of transmitting obscene materials over the Internet.
SWOPE’S criminal activity was detected by an undercover agent who had assumed the online identity of a known sex offender. After assuming that identity, the undercover investigator sought to identify traffickers in child pornography that communicated with the known offender. The agent traced the online identity of one correspondent to SWOPE’S residence. Based upon this information, a search warrant was obtained and executed on the residence. Forensic examination of SWOPE’S computer equipment and subsequent investigation revealed that SWOPE had trafficked in thousands of images and videos of child pornography under a variety of online identities. The images included the sexual abuse of male and female children of every imaginable age, including infants. Many of the images depicted known child victims identified in the database maintained by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. SWOPE also wrote narratives of his sexual interest in small children and shared these with others on the Internet.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U. S. Attorney Joe Exum, Jr. prosecuted the case for the United States.
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