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Albuquerque man sentenced to 46-Months imprisonment for child pornography conviction

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January 12, 2011

Earlier today, Albuquerque resident Jason Dyer, 33, was sentenced to a 46-month term of imprisonment by Chief United States District Judge Bruce D. Black based on Dyer’s guilty plea to possession of child pornography. Judge Black also imposed a ten-year term of supervised release to follow Dyer’s prison term and ordered Dyer to register as a sex offender. Dyer, who has been detained since October 2010, remains in the custody of the United States Marshals Service.

Dyer was charged in a one-count information alleging the possession of matter containing a visual depiction of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on May 26, 2010. On that same day, Dyer entered a guilty plea to the offense charged in the information under a plea agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office.

Dyer’s plea agreement reveals that, in September 2008, an undercover Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) downloaded child pornography using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program from an AP Address at Dyer’s residence. On January 30, 2009, the FBI executed a search warrant at Dyer’s residence and seized a computer containing images of child pornography. In his plea agreement, Dyer admitted that he was the owner and sole user of that computer. The plea agreement reflects that forensic examiners found eight images of child pornography on Dyer’s computer, including a video depicting an adult male performing a sex act on a prepubescent female who is restrained with ropes.

The case was prosecuted by the FBI and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Charlyn E. Rees. It 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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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.

The case also was brought as part of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force whose mission it is to locate, track, and capture Internet child sexual predators and Internet child pornographers in New Mexico. There are 61 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies associated with the Task Force, which is funded by a grant administered by the NMAGO. Anyone with information relating to suspected child predators and suspected child abuse is encouraged to contact federal or local law enforcement.

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