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Former Anderson Elementary School Teacher Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2013

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Joey Thomas Carter, age 47, of Anderson, South Carolina, pled guilty today in federal court in Anderson, to conspiracy to defraud the United States , a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A.    United States District Judge Timothy M. Cain of Anderson 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 in February 2012, an agent in Idaho assumed the on-line identity of an individual who had been using Yahoo mail to trade child porn.  The account that the agent took over had received e-mails from an account associated with Joey Carter of Anderson, South Carolina.  In addition, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had received reports from Juno.com Carter had been downloading child porn.  The instances of downloading child pornography reported by Juno.com were obtained and law enforcement confirmed that the images involved were of children under the age of 18 engaging in sexually explicit acts. 

Based on this information, a federal search warrant was obtained and executed on November 28, 2012.  Agents seized multiple computers from Carter’s home.  A forensic exam of computers revealed multiple images and videos of child pornography.  In an interview with agents, Carter admitted to trading child pornography over the internet. 

Carter is former elementary school teacher in Anderson School District No. 5.

Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty that Carter 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 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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