Florence Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography
Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000
Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Matthew Price, age 30, of Florence, pled guilty today in federal court in Florence, to possession of child pornography, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(5)(B). United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell of Florence accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that during an investigation conducted by ICE in Buffalo, NY it was determined that an individual was using GigaTribe to obtain and share child pornography. The investigation revealed the individual was living in Florence, SC. A search was conducted of the defendant’s residence and Price’s computer which contained child pornography was seized.
Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Price can receive is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment for 10 years, plus a special assessment of $100.00.
The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence 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.