FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - March 25, 2008
MAN ORIGINALLY CHARGED IN STATE COURT
WITH COPYRIGHT VIOLATIONS IS SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT
ON PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today TRAVIS EDWARD DITTRICH, 38, of Rocky Point, North Carolina, was sentenced before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, to 144 months’ imprisonment followed by a life term of supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 21, 2008. On December 16, 2008, DITTRICH pled guilty to 15 counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
On June 14, 2006, deputies with the Pender and Bladen County Sheriff’s Offices executed a search warrant at DITTRICH’s residence for the illegal copying of DVD movies. In state court, DITTRICH pled guilty to possession of counterfeit materials and as part of this plea was required to forfeit his computer to the Pender County Sheriff’s Department. In December, 2006, while working on the case, well over 6,000 pictures were discovered depicting adult males having various types of sex with prepubescent females, as well as material that portrayed sadistic or masochistic conduct. Further investigation revealed over 400 pictures of child pornography on an additional computer owned by DITTRICH.
Mr. Holding commented, “Today’s technology provides easier access to obtain illicit materials such as child pornography. However, today’s technology also provides the ability to track such illegal conduct, even after materials have been erased. The Pender County Sheriff’s Department should be commended for follow-up in this case. It is our commitment to stop the exploitation of innocent children.”
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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pender County Sheriff’s Department and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.
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