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TUESDAY - December 14, 2010

GARNER MAN RECEIVED FEDERAL SENTENCE FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced GARY WAYNE ROBINSON, 29, of Garner, North Carolina, to 210 months’ imprisonment followed by a life-term of supervised release. ROBINSON is also required to register as a sex offender.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 16, 2010. On September 7, 2010, ROBINSON pled guilty to transmission of child pornography.

On October 3, 2009, and October 18, 2009, ROBINSON, using Yahoo! Messenger, chatted with an undercover agent who was posing as a 14 year old. After initiating the second chat, on October 18, 2009, ROBINSON forwarded three images of child pornography. As the chat progressed, ROBINSON offered to send money to the undercover agent so that a webcam could be purchased. ROBINSON further stated that he would buy a webcam which would allow them to “play together.”

After agents located ROBINSON’s home address, a search warrant was obtained and two computers and one thumb drive was seized. Forensic examination revealed 699 photographs and 59 videos of child pornography from the seized items.

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 North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Garner Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes represented the government.

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