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morrisville man sentenced to 25 plus years for child pornography

January 8, 2014

NEW BERN – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that yesterday in federal court, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced NATHANIEL BELTRAN GRINSTEAD , 38, to 306 months imprisonment, followed by a lifetime of supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 1, 2012.  On February 12, 2013, GRINSTEAD pled guilty to one count of manufacturing/producing child pornography. 
According to the investigation, on October 24, 2011, the Morrisville, North Carolina, Police Department received information from school officials regarding several incidents of sexual abuse.  Evidence from a cell phone and home computer seized at GRINSTEAD’s residence revealed images of the sexual abuse of minors. 
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Morrisville Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  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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