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TUESDAY - September 8, 2009

SELMA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MANUFACTURING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today LARRY DONNELL PARKS, JR., 33, of Selma, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, to manufacturing child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2251(a) and (d).

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 7, 2009.

On November 16, 2007, a family member discovered a home-made videotape of a child performing various sexual activities. The family member then notified law enforcement and turned over the videotape and gave consent to law enforcement to search the defendant’s residence for additional tapes. During their search, officers found video cameras set-up in two rooms of the house. Other videos were found in the house containing footage of the child performing sexual activities at the direction of PARKS.

"Child pornography is devastating to families and I am saddened and concerned when such circumstances occur. This office is committed to the prosecution of those who commit such heinous crimes. The immediate action of the family member is admirable and I commend the bravery of that family member and that of the child,” commented Mr. Holding.

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 this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Selma Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes represented the government.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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