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WEDNESDAY - November 9, 2011


GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced JOHNNIE WAYNE DAVENPORT, 42, to 97 months’ imprisonment followed by a life-term of supervised release. The Court also imposed a $4,000 fine and DAVENPORT is required to register as a sex offender.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 24, 2011. On August 12, 2011, DAVENPORT pled guilty to receipt of child pornography.

According to the investigation, in June, 2009, federal agents received information that DAVENPORT was involved in exchanging child pornography via an Internet chat network using Google Hello and Yahoo! Messenger. Further information obtained revealed that DAVENPORT was using Skype to transport child pornography to another individual overseas. On July 19, 2010, a search warrant was executed at DAVENPORT’s residence in which a desktop computer, an external hard drive and recordable CDs were seized. Forensic analysis revealed 136 images.

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

Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes is served as prosecutor for the government.


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