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March 21, 2013

Reidsville Man Sentenced For Child Pornography

GREENSBORO, N.C. –  A Reidsville man was sentenced to five years in prison and 10 years supervised release for receipt of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Ripley Rand.

Michael Scott Bugher, 44, of Reidsville, North Carolina, had pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography. Bugher was sentenced on March 19, 2013, by United States District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder, to 60 months in prison followed by 10 years supervised release. Bugher admitted knowingly seeking and receiving child pornography using the internet.

This case was investigated by the Reidsville Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and prosecuted 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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