FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - September 13, 2011
BREVARD MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday BRADFORD KEITH ARROWOOD, 56, of Brevard, North Carolina, pled guilty before United State Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel to two counts of manufacturing child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2251(a) and (d), and one count of possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(B).
According to the investigation, which was begun in September, 2008, an ICE investigation of a suspect in Lake Forest, California, showed a connection to ARROWOOD, an insurance adjuster. The investigation revealed that the California suspect had been in regular online correspondence with ARROWOOD. It further revealed that a number of pornographic images of young boys had been sent by ARROWOOD. The investigators were able to determine that the pornographic images included pictures that ARROWOOD had made in the Wilmington area.
A search warrant was executed at ARROWOOD’s Brevard residence on January 30, 2009. Forensic examination of evidence recovered from the residence turned up large quantities of third-party child pornography as well.
At sentencing, ARROWOOD faces up to 30 years’ imprisonment for each count of manufacturing child pornography. However, if ARROWOOD has had a prior conviction relating to sexual abuse or sexual conduct involving a minor, he faces up to 50 years’ imprisonment for each count or up to life imprisonment for two or more prior convictions. For the possession charge, he faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment or up to 20 years’ imprisonment if previously convicted on charges relating to sexual abuse or sexual conduct involving a minor.
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 United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; the United States Postal Inspection Service; and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Exum is serving as prosecutor for the government.
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