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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 1, 2010

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today PAUL STEPHEN PEARSALL, 31, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge William A. Webb to distribution of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Coe, Section 2252(a)(2). 

During the course of an investigation of online trafficking in child pornography, law enforcement identified an individual in Roseboro, North Carolina who was sharing images depicting the sexual abuse of young boys.  After seeing the same user offering such images on multiple occasions, investigators traced the source of the images to the Roseboro home of PEARSALL, who worked as a middle school teacher and coach in Newton Grove, North Carolina.  In October, 2011, a search warrant was executed at PEARSALL’s residence.  Forensic examination of computer equipment located at the residence revealed hundreds of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children. 

EARSALL faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment at sentencing.

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 North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney Jay Exum is prosecuting the case.  Anyone having information relevant to this case should contact the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Cybercrimes Unit at (919)779-8130.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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