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Man Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for Child Pornography Offense

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2010

Reno, Nev. – Ted Lewis Girdner, of Jackson, California, has been sentenced to 24 years and two months in prison for coercing an eight-year-old girl to engage in sexual acts, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Girdner, 53, was sentenced on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, by U.S. District Judge Larry R. Hicks, who also placed Girdner on lifetime supervised release. On December 28, 2008, while Girdner was residing in Reno, Nevada, he coerced an eight-year-old girl to undress and engage in sexually explicit conduct while he took pictures of the conduct. Girdner also transmitted the pictures by computer to another individual in Montana. Girdner was arrested in California on August 3, 2009, and pleaded guilty on October 15, 2009, to production of child pornography. Girdner had no prior criminal convictions.

The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald C. Rachow. The 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.

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