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Greenville Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Porn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2014

Contact Person: Bill Watkins (864) 282-2100

Columbia, South Carolina ----- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Bobby Lee Gaillard, age 56, of Greenville, South Carolina, pled guilty today in federal court in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to possession of child pornography, a violation of 18 U.S.C. ' 2252A.  United States District Mary G. Lewis accepted the plea and will sentence Gaillard once a pre-sentence investigation report has been prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that agents arrested and took over the on-line identity of a Kentucky man who was producing child pornography using his wife’s daughter.  An analysis of the account showed that this individual was exchanging e-mails and trading child pornography with Gaillard.  Based on this information and further investigation, agents executed a search warrant at Gaillard’s home in Greenville. 

They seized computers from the home and conducted a forensic examination.  Agents discovered hundreds of still images and 35 videos of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.    
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 designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s 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, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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