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FRIDAY - December 10, 2010

CLAYTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday STEVEN SCHRIEFELS, 37, of Clayton, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel to receipt of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2).

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 9, 2010.

In April, 2009, federal agents received information that SCHRIEFELS had made threats against the President of the United States. During an interview with SCHRIEFELS agents seized his computer and a warrant was obtained to examine the computer. During the computer search, no evidence was found of threats, however, pictures and videos of child pornography were discovered. A subsequent forensic examination of the computer revealed over 600 digital images and 23 videos of child pornography.

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 United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes represented the government.

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