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TUESDAY - February 3, 2009


ELIZABETH CITY - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today JOHN THOMAS DAVIS, 59, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to the manufacturing of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2251 and receipt of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2).

A Criminal Information was filed on January 16, 2009. In June, 2007, an individual arrived at the Wake Forest Police Department reporting DAVIS had been sexually abusing her and creating child pornography in the process. The subsequent investigation revealed that the victim had been repeatedly used to make child sex abuse images when she was approximately 14 years old. The pictures included images of the victim in simulated torture, bondage, and execution scenes.

Based on the investigative information, a search warrant was obtained and executed. Investigators found a large volume of evidence, including floppy disks, printed images of child pornography, multiple computers and a Mavica digital camera. The computer evidence was submitted for analysis and forensic examination revealed 3,290 images of child pornography, approximately 200 floppy disks containing nude and pornographic images of the victim, approximately 3,500 printed images of child pornography.

Mr. Holding commented: "I can't imagine the level of bravery it took for the victim in this case to come forward and report to the authorities the abuse she endured. We're pleased that her bravery has been rewarded today by the guilty plea of the defendant. Hopefully, this will begin the slow but necessary healing process so she can get on with her life."

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

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Granville County Sheriff's Office and the Wake Forest Police Department Assistant United States Attorney Jay Exum served as prosecutor for the government.


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