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Child Pornography Distributor Scheduled for Sentencing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2014

Contact Person: Bill Watkins (864) 282-2100

Columbia, South Carolina ----- United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today, that Wallace M. Bryant, Jr., age 27, of Easley, South Carolina, will be sentenced on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 2 p.m.  The sentencing proceeding will be conducted at the Federal Building located at 300 E Washington St, Greenville, SC 29601.  Senior United States District Judge Henry M. Herlong, Jr., will preside.     

Evidence presented at the trial established that federal agents conducting online investigations downloaded multiple videos that Bryant was sharing using a peer-to-peer software program. This software allows users on a network to communicate directly with computers on the network.  Agents downloaded child pornography from Bryant on November 21, 2011, December 1, 2011, and January 12, 2012.  Based on these downloads, agents obtained a search warrant for Bryant’s home in Easley, South Carolina. 

Agents executed the search warrant on February 1, 2012, and seized multiple computers.  A forensic examination of the computers revealed over 40 videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  The examination also showed that Bryant was distributing these videos to other users of the network. 

After the two-day trial in November 2013, a jury found Bryant guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography.  Bryant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years on the possession count, and 20 years on each of the distribution counts.

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 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, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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