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vanceboro man sentenced for transporting child pornography

February 20, 2014

WILMINGTON – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that today in federal court Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER BUTLER , 55, to  240 months imprisonment, followed by a life-term of supervised release and he is required to register as a Sex Offender.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 17, 2013.  On October 1, 2013, BUTLER pled guilty to one count of transporting child pornography. 

According to the investigation, on March 19, 2013, Greenville Police Department was notified by Inmotion, a media transfer and video production company, that they had received 8mm film from BUTLER requesting it be transferred to DVD.  The film contained child pornography.  During an interview with BUTLER on March 21, 2013, he admitted that he had transported the film from Bonita Springs, Florida to North Carolina when he moved to Vanceboro.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Greenville Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, through the partnership of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes prosecuted the case for the United States.

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

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