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Simpsonville Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2013

Contact Person: Bill Watkins (864) 282-2100

Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Lorenzo W. Briones, age 37, of Simpsonville, pled guilty today in federal court in Greenville, to possession of child pornography, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2255A. Senior United States District Judge Henry M. Herlong, Jr. of Greenville 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 on April 18, 2012, agents were conducting an on line investigation into individuals sharing child porn with peer-to-peer software programs. Agents downloaded six files from a shared directory located at an IP address associated with Briones. Based on this and results from an administrative subpoena, agents obtained a federal search warrant and executed it at Briones’ residence on May 25, 2012. Agents removed computers and other electronic storage devices from his residence. A forensic examination of the computers revealed multiple images and videos of children under the age of 18 engages in sexual acts and/or the lascivious display of the genitals.

Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Briones can receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for 10 years, plus a special assessment of $100.

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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