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Concord Man Guilty Of Sex Offense

April 19, 2012

Faces Up To Ten Years In Prison

Greensboro, N.C. – United States Attorney Ripley Rand announced today that, on April 4, 2012, Darrell Paul DONAHUE, of Concord, NC, pled guilty to possession of child pornography. DONAHUE, 47, entered a plea of guilty to one count of possession of child pornography, an offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison, followed by up to a life term of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

A search warrant was executed at DONAHUE’s residence in Concord, North Carolina, on February 13, 2012, after investigation revealed that a computer at that location had transmitted child pornography across a publicly available computer network. DONAHUE was indicted on February 27, 2012, for one count each of possession and distribution of child pornography.

The case was investigated by the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office, the Concord Police Department, and ICE-Homeland Security Investigations, the investigative branch of the United States Department of Homeland Security. The case is being prosecuted locally by Assistant United States Attorney Anand P. Ramaswamy.

This case was 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

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