FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRIDAY - January 30, 2009
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on January 27, 2009, a jury found DANIEL NICHOLAS BUCZKOWSKI, 55, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, guilty of 27 counts of transportation of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(1) and one count of possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(B).
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 28, 2008. BUCZKOWSKI’S child pornography collection was discovered in May of 2007, after he took his laptop computer into a local computer shop for repair. During the course of the repairs, the shop’s owner discovered pictures of child pornography on BUCZKOWSKI’S computer, including pictures showing the severe sexual abuse of prepubescent children, and called the Fayetteville Police Department. In examining the BUCZKOWSKI’S child pornography collection, investigators furthermore discovered that BUCZKOWSKI had used the images of child pornography to create collages in which BUCZKOWSKI’S homemade photographs of himself engaged in sex acts were surrounded by multiple images of child pornography. BUCZKOWSKI transported images of child pornography to and from a work assignment for a contractor in Iraq. Independently of the discovery of child pornography on BUCZKOWSKI’S computer, investigators also developed evidence that BUCZKOWSKI was actively engaged in the sexual abuse of a child. State charges related to this abuse are pending against BUCZKOWSKI.
For each charge of transporting child pornography, BUCZKOWSKI faces up to 20 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $250,000, and up to a life term of supervised release. The maximum penalty for possession of child pornography is up to 10 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000 fine, and up to a lifetime of supervised release.
Sentencing has been set for the May 11, 2009, term of court.
“We are very grateful to the jury for undertaking the hard work of facing squarely such an ugly crime, and standing up against it. This case represents yet another illustration of the very direct connection between child pornography crimes and the hands-on sexual abuse of children, and we are especially grateful that this verdict will end the criminal career of a predator. I would also like to thank the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, the Fayetteville Police Department, and the FBI for their seamless cooperation in bringing this case to a successful conclusion,” commented Mr. Holding,
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and the Fayetteville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys David Bragdon and Jay Exum served as prosecutor for the government.
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