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Charles Childers Sentenced For Sex Crimes Involving A Minor Former Landis Police Chief Ordered to Spend 12+ Years in Federal Prison

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February 12, 2008

Greensboro, NC – United States Attorney Anna Mills S. Wagoner of the Middle District of North Carolina announces that CHARLES RANDALL CHILDERS, age 52, of China Grove, North Carolina, was sentenced today for committing sex crimes involving a minor.

U.S. District Court Judge James Beaty sentenced CHILDERS to 151 months in prison after which he is to serve a 10 year term of supervised release. There is no parole for federal criminal sentences of imprisonment.

On January 12, 2007, CHILDERS pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of obscene matters, one count of enticement of a minor, and one count of possession of child pornography.

During the investigation, CHILDERS had Internet contact with two undercover investigators from Michigan and North Carolina, who represented themselves to be juvenile females ages 13 and 14. During some of these contacts, CHILDERS sent live WebCam video of himself engaged in sexual activity and encouraged the “juveniles” to do the same. The investigation further showed that CHILDERS accessed the Internet to engage in conversation with the supposed juvenile females from his home in China Grove, North Carolina, and from his office in the Landis Police Department, where he was Chief of Police.

“The United States Attorney’s Office and its law enforcement partners are committed to identifying and prosecuting those who sexually exploit and abuse children,” said United States Attorney Anna Mills Wagoner. “The message sent by today’s sentencing to those who prey on children is clear: We will find you, we will convict you, and you will serve a lengthy prison sentence.”

“This case shows that we will catch child predators, no matter who they are,” said North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper. “I commend our SBI agents and federal authorities who team up to protect our children.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and its federal, state and local law enforcement partners are participating in Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to enhance law enforcement efforts in child exploitation and enticement cases and promote community awareness and education. Led by the U.S. Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/. For information on how to prevent, detect, and report online sexual exploitation, please visit the CyberTipline of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at www.cybertipline.com.

The investigation into CHILDERS’ activities was conducted by the U. S. Postal Inspection Service under the supervision of Keith Fixel, Postal Inspector in Charge, Charlotte Division, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Michigan.

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