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Trinity Man Sentenced For Possession Of Child Pornography

January 13, 2011

Offense Draws 48 Month Sentence, 20 Years Supervised Release

Greensboro, N.C. – An individual who pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of child pornography was sentenced on January 12, 2011, announced United States Attorney Ripley Rand.

Joseph James Ptacin, Jr., 63, of Trinity, NC, was sentenced by United States District Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. to 48 months in prison to be followed by 20 years of supervised release.

Ptacin’s cache of more than seventy-four (74) movies and nine (9) images depicting children was discovered when Randolph County and Guilford County Sheriff’s Office investigators, working in an undercover capacity, were able to gain access to the defendant’s shared folders on his computer using P2P (peer-to-peer) software. Investigators were able to preview the shared images Ptacin made publicly available from his home computer, determined the images were in fact images of child pornography, and executed a search warrant at his home in Trinity, North Carolina. After a complete forensic search of his computers, charges were filed against the defendant.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Piedmont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (Randolph County and Guilford County Sheriff’s Offices), with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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