30-YEAR SENTENCE FOR SPRINGDALE MAN WHO PRODUCED CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2011
Public Affairs Officer
CINCINNATI –Timothy J. McNamee, 56, of Springdale, was sentenced to 360 months in prison for producing images and videos of child pornography and uploading them on the Internet where they were viewed internationally. He was also sentenced to be under court supervision for the rest of his life after he serves his prison term.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Brian Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Ohio and Michigan, and Springdale Police Chief Michael Mathis announced the sentence handed down today by Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott.
McNamee pleaded guilty on June 14, 2010 to four counts, one count each of producing child pornography, distribution of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
ICE agents patrolling the Internet in 2009 for websites suspected of distributing child pornography found 17 images of a 10-year old girl engaged in sexually explicit activity on one of the sites and traced them back to a computer at McNamee’s Springdale residence.
“Further investigation by agents and Springdale Police officers determined that McNamee had taken 164 photos of the girl and three videos,” U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart said in a document filed with the court. “Some images portrayed sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence; to wit, the girl was depicted in a sexually explicit manner while being bound with rope.”
Agents also found more than 500 other images of child pornography involving other children. The investigators determined that the images had been viewed not only across the U.S., but internationally as well.
"The significant sentence in this case should serve as a sobering reminder that our kids are vulnerable and that sadly they often need protection from those who should be looking out for them" said Brian M. Moskowitz, special agent in charge of the ICE HSI for Ohio and Michigan. "ICE and its partners, like the Springdale Police Department and our prosecutors in this case, stand shoulder to shoulder to address the threat"
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
Stewart commended the cooperative investigation by ICE agents and Springdale officers, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leslie Williams and Christy Muncy, who prosecuted the case.