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TUESDAY - June 8, 2010

LILLINGTON MAN FOUND GUILTY OF RECEIPT AND POSSESSION

OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that a federal jury found WILLIAM JOSEPH BLACK, 40, of Lillington, North Carolina, guilty of nine counts of receipt of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography.

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

On June 13, 2006, law enforcement was contacted regarding allegations that BLACK assaulted three girls, ages 6-12. In response to the charges, BLACK’s wife moved out of the house, taking their children and the home computer with her. The computer was turned over to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and forensic examination was conducted, where multiple images of child pornography were found. A search warrant was obtained for BLACK’s residence and executed. During the search officers found a desktop computer and 53 discs. Additional pictures of child pornography as well as a large amount of child erotica were found.

Mr. Holding commented, “We continue to be amazed and troubled by the pervasive nature of child pornography and the sexual abuse of children. My office has no higher priority than the pursuit of these matters in defense of the children in our communities.”

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.

Due to his previous criminal history, at sentencing, scheduled for September 10, 2010, BLACK faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years’ imprisonment followed by up to a life-term of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count of receipt of child pornography. For each count of possession charged, BLACK faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years’ imprisonment followed by up to a life-term of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Investigation of this case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Jay Exum and Ethan Ontjes represented the government.

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