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MONDAY - September 15, 2008

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced JOSEPH DALE RACKLEY, 53, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 97 months’ imprisonment followed by a lifetime of supervised release.

A one-count Criminal Information was filed on May 12, 2008 charging possession of child pornography. On June 9, 2008, RACKLEY pled guilty to the charge. On October 31, 2005, after receiving several virus alerts, Information Technology personnel employed at Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, discovered that RACKLEY, at the time the Director of Housekeeping, had been using a hospital-owned computer to access numerous child pornographic Internet sites. Law enforcement was notified and on November 21, 2005, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigative agents examined RACKLEY’s work computer and uncovered 125 images and five videos involving child pornography. On November 29, 2005, a search of RACKLEY’s residence uncovered three computers containing child pornography images. Further investigation revealed a total of 665 images on RACKLEY’s home and work computers depicting females under the age of 12 engaged in various sexual activities.

Mr. Holding stated, “Child pornography results from cruel abuse of children and anyone who possesses it becomes a party to that abuse. Our Project Safe Children program will continue to target these offenders.”

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

Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and the Dunn Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.


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