FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - January 14, 2009
OAK ISLAND MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced KEITH DAVID SMITH, 22, of Oak Island, North Carolina, to 97 months’ imprisonment followed by 10 years of supervised release. SMITH is also required to register as a sex offender.
A one-count Criminal Information was filed on August 4, 2008, charging receipt of child pornography. On January 12, 2008, an investigation was opened in response to allegations that SMITH possessed images and videos of child pornography on his personal computer. After an interview with SMITH, both his laptop and desk computer were taken for forensic analysis. The analysis showed 45 digital images and 33 videos of child pornography on the desktop and 37 digital images on the laptop.
Mr. Holding warned, “Child pornography offenses are some of the most serious crimes our office deals with. Collecting images of children being senselessly and horribly abused is not only abhorrent and callous conduct; it perpetuates the abuse of the victims and makes our communities less safe. Today’s sentence makes clear that such child exploitation crimes will not be tolerated in our district.”
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 and the United States Coast Guard Investigative Service. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.
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