Oconee Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges
Contact Person: Bill Watkins (864) 282-2100
Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Hollis Frenchman Gray, Jr., age 42, of Seneca, 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 June 5, 2012, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Gray’s residence in Oconee County. Computers and other storage media were seized. A forensic examination of Gray’s computers and other storage device revealed images of children, under the age of 18, engaged in sexual conduct or the lascivious display of the genitals.
Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Gray 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.