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WEDNESDAY - November 19, 2008


RALEIGH – United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday, United States District Court Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced WILLIAM CHARLES KNIGHT, JR. of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to 258 months’ imprisonment for manufacturing child pornography. KNIGHT had pled guilty to the charge in July.

Elizabeth City Police arrested KNIGHT in January of 2008 after receiving a report from a citizen who had discovered pornographic Polaroid images of a child among KNIGHT’s belongings. Investigators confirmed the identity of the child, and KNIGHT confessed to having taken the pictures. In addition to the imprisonment term in this case, the Court ordered that KNIGHT pay the victim of his offense over $82,000 in restitution to help cover the costs of therapy and recovery.

United States Attorney George E.B. Holding welcomed the result. “Although we are grateful that the Court has met this conduct with the kind of punishment it deserves, we hope most of all that the victim in this case can take some small comfort in the knowledge that she will never be victimized by this defendant again.”

Holding also thanked the Elizabeth City Police Department for leading the investigation and working hand-in-hand with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to build the case. “This case illustrates that these horrible crimes take place even in the farthest corners of our district; they are not just fodder for TV shows or simply big-city crimes. We cannot expect to combat child sex abuse without the active and eager involvement of authorities at every level. Seeing the Elizabeth City Police and the FBI work so effectively together for a just end to this case is a great encouragement and a model for the types of investigations we like to see.”

This case was prosecuted as 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

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Elizabeth City Police Department and the FBI. The office of the Pasquotank County District Attorney also provided support. Assistant U. S. Attorney Jay Exum handled the case for the Government.


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