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Asheboro Man Sentenced For Possession Of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2011

Offense Draws 5 Year Sentence, 10 Years Supervised Release

Greensboro, N.C. – An individual who pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of child pornography was sentenced on March 29, 2011, announced United States Attorney Ripley Rand.

Donald Ray Dickens, 50, of Asheboro, NC, was sentenced by United States District Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. to 5 years in prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised release.

Dickens’s cache of thirty four (34) movies depicting children was discovered when Randolph 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 Dickens made publicly available from his home computers, determined the images were in fact images of child pornography, and executed a search warrant at his home in Asheboro, 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. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anand P. Ramaswamy.

These cases were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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