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TUESDAY - October 21, 2008

OXFORD MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE

ELIZABETH CITY - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced GARLAND RAGLAND, JR., 24, of Oxford, North Carolina, to 78 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Criminal Information was filed on July 11, 2008 charging receipt of child pornography. On August 5, 2008, RAGLAND pled guilty to the charge. As part of his plea, RAGLAND is required to register as a sex offender. On July 6, 2006, Bureau of Customs and Immigration Enforcement agents in Oregon searched the residence of an individual in Salem, Oregon. A forensic examination of the individual’s computer revealed that, using the file server “trashpile,” child pornographic images had been transmitted to RAGLAND’s computer. On February 13, 2008, a search warrant was executed and forensic examination of RAGLAND’s computer recovered 72 still images and three videos depicting children less than 12 years of age performing illicit sexual acts.

“The Internet has made it easier for predators, such as the defendant, to access these types of images. Mr. Ragland is encouraging the abuse and mistreatment of children by helping to create a market through the Internet medium and this office will continue to seek severe prosecutions for this type of behavior,” stated Mr. 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 Bureau of Customs and Immigration Enforcement and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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