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MONDAY - November 17, 2008

GOLDSBORO MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on Thursday, November 13, 2008, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced ALDO CESAR RUIZ, 30, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, to 300 months’ imprisonment followed by a lifetime of supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 7, 2008. On August 4, 2008, RUIZ pled guilty to manufacturing child pornography. In November, 2007, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation began an investigation into RUIZ’ potential involvement with child pornography.

After taking the computer into custody for further examination, forensic analysis revealed not only a collection of child pornography downloaded from the Internet but also pornographic images RUIZ had taken of a 9-year-old child. RUIZ had posed his victim to resemble poses in the child pornography he had downloaded.

Mr. Holding commented, “This case is a troubling example of how the dangers of child pornography and child exploitation encompass all aspects of our society. I applaud the combined efforts of Project Safe Childhood, the Center of Missing and Exploited Children and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.”

This case is part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level. For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Exum served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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