FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - June 20, 2011
NEW BERN RESIDENT SENTENCED IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced KURT PAUL NEUMEISTER, 37, of New Bern, North Carolina, to 170 months’ imprisonment followed by a lifetime of supervised release. The Court also imposed a fine of $3,100 and NEUMEISTER was ordered to register as a sex offender.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 21, 2010. On March 14, 2011, NEUMEISTER 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).
According to the investigation, while conducting undercover operations on the Gnutella network in February, 2010, the agent determined that NEUMEISTER’s IP address was logging onto several internet file sharing sites known for trading child pornography. The Gnutella network is a computer network often used for sharing child pornography. After identifying NEUMEISTER through his user information, a search warrant was obtained. After speaking with NEUMEISTER and performing a search of his residence, agents confiscated a Dell computer, memory cards, a thumbdrive, and multiple CDs and DVDs. Forensic examination of the computer returned 380 digital images and 103 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 North Carolina and the New Bern Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes represented the government.
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