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TUESDAY - November 25, 2008

MORRISVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today ROBERT THOMAS JONES, JR., 49, Morrisville, North Carolina, pled guilty before Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan to a child pornography charge.

A Criminal Information was filed on September 30, 2008, charging receipt of child pornography. After receiving information from JONES’ wife and after speaking with JONES, on March 1, 2008, officers with the Morrisville Police Department seized JONES’ computer and multiple computer discs. Forensic analysis of the seized items revealed over 2,200 digital images and 10 videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including images of children under the age of 12 and images of sadistic and masochistic conduct involving children.

The maximum penalty for receipt of child pornography is up to 20 years imprisonment followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

In response to the plea, Mr. Holding stated, “Predators are out there and parents must be constantly vigilant to protect their children from these predators. The best way parents can help combat these predators is to be active in their children’s lives.”

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 and the Morrisville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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