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WEDNESDAY - November 18, 2009

NEWPORT MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today GEORGE WILLIAM MOORE, 74, of Newport, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, to possession of child pornography.

A Criminal Information was filed on September 29, 2009. On May 22, 2007, MOORE took his personal computer into The Computer Doctor, a computer repair business. While performing repairs on the computer an employee of The Computer Doctor found a number of images of children performing sexual acts. The Havelock Police Department was notified. On May 29, 2007, a search warrant for MOORE’s residence was obtained and executed. Another computer and several media devices were seized. More than 10,000 sexually explicit images of children were found among the items seized.

MOORE faces up to 10 years imprisonment followed by up to a life term of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. If MOORE has prior conviction relating to sexual abuse or child pornography, the penalty increases to up to 20 years imprisonment.

Sentencing is set for February 22, 2009.

This case was 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 Havelock Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney David Bragdon 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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