FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - October 6, 2008
NEWPORT MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today ERIC LEE SPIWAK, 61, of Newport, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(B). Because of SPIWAK’s prior convictions for indecent liberties, he faces up to 20 years imprisonment followed by a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 23, 2008. Using the Internet, SPIWAK had several sexually explicit conversations with a Guilford County Sheriff’s Detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl. On September 8, 2006, SPIWAK traveled from Newport, North Carolina, to Greensboro, North Carolina, with the intent to engage in illegal sexual conduct with the minor as had been previously arranged in earlier conversations. SPIWAK was arrested when he arrived at the agreed upon place. In conjunction with SPIWAK’s arrest, a search warrant was executed on his residence. Recovered from that search were several zipdrive computer discs containing child pornography that had been hidden behind the home computer. Forensic analysis of the discs revealed 460 images of either child pornography or child erotica.
“Sadly, this case is another in the growing work of our Project Safe Childhood initiative. Whether one manufactures child pornography or provides a market by possessing it, all involved are victimizing innocent children and must be stopped and punished severely,” stated United States Attorney Holding.
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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.
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