SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 120 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
WEDNESDAY APRIL 13, 2011
Public Affairs Officer
COLUMBUS – Namon R. Walton, 31, of Columbus, and a registered sex offender was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 120 months in prison for downloading images of child pornography from a file-sharing website.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and members of the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson.
Walton pleaded guilty on July 20, 2010. He was charged in January 2010 after an investigator patrolling the Internet determined that Walton had visited a file-sharing site 15 times in December 2009 sharing titles of videos and images indicative of child pornography.
On January 21, 2010, investigators executed a search warrant at Walton’s residence and were met at the front door by Walton. A USB thumb drive was subsequently recovered from Walton’s his rear pants pocket and found to contain two child pornography videos involving preteen and teen boys.
Initial forensic examination on the computers and media seized from Walton's residence uncovered five video clips of child pornography, that is, minor boys engaged in sex acts with other minors or adult males or posed in sexually explicit poses. Investigators recognized that several of the video clips contained known child victims and were thus known to law enforcement to have been produced outside the state of Ohio. Walton was arrested and has been in custody since his arrest.
Walton was convicted of attempted gross sexual imposition in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on October 11, 2005.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative 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 (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Stewart commended the cooperative investigation by Task Force officers, along with Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Hunter, who prosecuted the case.