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MONDAY - January 5, 2009

FORT BRAGG SOLDIER SENTENCED IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge Terrence C. Boyle sentenced DARYL WINGFIELD HAZAM, 26, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 72 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on March 5, 2008. On September 9, 2008, HAZAM pled guilty to receipt of child pornography. The investigation found that HAZAM had been downloading child pornography onto his computer. Forensic examination revealed 300 pictures and three videos which consisted of pre-pubescent children. After the evidence of child pornography was discovered on HAZAM’s computer, the FBI interviewed him and he confessed to downloading it using peer-to-peer software.

Mr. Holding again reiterated the importance of watching over what your children are viewing online, stating, “Predators are coming from all areas of society. The Internet has made it easier for these predators to reach children. Please know what your children are viewing online and know to whom they speak.”

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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States AttorneyDavid Bragdon served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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