FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - October 31, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that a former United States Army soldier has pled guilty before Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III. STEVEN WRAY, 26, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, pled guilty to receipt of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2262(a)(2). A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 7, 2011, charging WRAY. On August 3, 2011, WRAY was arrested in Pennsylvania.
According to the investigation, in December, 2010, law enforcement in North Carolina received a request from the Pennsylvania State Police. It was learned that WRAY had downloaded visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct onto his laptop. A computer forensic analysis of the laptop revealed that from May 21, 2009, to September 11, 2010, several hundred pictures of child pornography had been downloaded.
At sentencing, WRAY faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment.
This case is 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 United States Marshals Service Eastern District of Pennsylvania Violet Crimes Fugitive Task Force, the United States Marshals Service Eastern District of North Carolina, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Fayetteville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes is serving as prosecution for the government.
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