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Randleman Man Sentenced For Possession Of Child Pornography

March 14, 2011

Offense Draws 10 Year 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 March 11, 2011, announced United States Attorney Ripley Rand.

Peter Michael Vanderwerff, 44, of Randleman, NC, was sentenced by United States District Judge N. Carlton Tilley, Jr., to 10 years in prison to be followed by 20 years of supervised release.

Vanderwerff’s cache of more than one hundred forty five (145) movies and 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 Vanderwerff 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 Randleman, North Carolina. After a complete forensic search of his computers, charges were filed against the defendant.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anand Ramaswamy. 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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