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FRIDAY - October 29, 2010

LILLINGTON MAN SENTENCED

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that today in federal court Chief United States District Judge Louise Wood Flanagan sentenced WILLIAM JOSEPH BLACK, 40, of Lillington, North Carolina, to 262 months’ imprisonment followed by a life term of supervised release and is required to register as a sex offender. Due to his previous criminal history, BLACK’s sentence was enhanced.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 7, 2009. On June 4, 2010, a federal jury found BLACK guilty of nine counts of receipt of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography.

On June 13, 2006, law enforcement was contacted regarding allegations that BLACK assaulted three girls, ages 6-12. BLACK’S 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 and executed for BLACK’s residence. 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, “No child should have do endure an assault. This office has placed special focus on prosecuting those who assault children. However, we cannot do this without assistance from everyone. Please become familiar with the signs of assault and report it when you see it.”

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 Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Jay Exum and 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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