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Former Substitute Teacher Sentenced for Child Pornography Charges

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August 3, 2009

Las Vegas, Nev. – A UNLV student who also worked as a substitute teacher in Las Vegas has been sentenced to over eight years in prison and lifetime supervised release for his guilty plea to receiving child pornography, announced Greg Brower, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Nhan Thai, 27, was sentenced on Friday, July 31, 2009, by U.S. District Judge Lloyd D. George to 97 months in prison. Thai pleaded guilty on May 1, 2009, to one count of Receipt of Child Pornography.

According to the court records, in March 2007, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agents in Seattle, Washington, began an investigation involving the distribution of child pornography via the Internet, specifically using the Google "Hello" program. The Agents determined that between January 2007 and January 2008, Las Vegas resident Nahm Thai and a Virginia resident had been communicating online regarding the receipt and distribution of child pornography images, and that they had exchanged over 4800 pictures, the majority of which contained child pornography. On October 30, 2008, ICE agents in Las Vegas executed a search warrant at Thai's residence in Las Vegas and seized computers and equipment containing several hundred images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Thai attended UNLV and also worked as a substitute teacher for the Clark County School District.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. 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.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nancy J. Koppe.

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