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Greer Man Sentenced to Three Years Imprisonment for Child Porn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16 , 2013

Contact Person: Jay Richardson (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Luke J. Hanna, age 22, of Greer, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court in Anderson, South Carolina, for possession of child pornography, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A.   United States District Judge Timothy M. Cain of Anderson sentenced Hanna to 3 years imprisonment.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on October 26, 2011, law enforcement was conducting an on-line Internet investigation to identify individuals possessing and sharing child pornography using a publically available peer-to-peer file sharing program.  Agents identified a user sharing several hundred files that had names associated with child pornography.  Two files were downloaded and were indeed child pornography.  Further investigation revealed that the user’s IP address was registered to an address in Greer, SC.

On December 5, 2011, a search warrant was obtained for the address.  The warrant was executed on December 7, 2011.  In Hanna’s bedroom, agents found a laptop computer and 2GB drive attached to it.  A forensic examination of the items revealed multiple still images and 180 videos of children–under the age of 18--engaged in sexually explicit acts or the lascivious display of the genitals.

The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Investigations.  Assistant United States Attorney Bill Watkins of the Greenville office handled the case.

This case 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 the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."




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