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Baltic Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography
Patrick Sean Callahan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney
605-357-2360

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Baltic, South Dakota, man charged with Possession of Child Pornography was sentenced on June 20, 2011, by Chief US District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Patrick Sean Callahan, age 25, was sentenced to 36 months' incarceration. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Callahan was indicted for Possession of Child Pornography by a federal grand jury on November 2, 2010. In September 2009, a law enforcement officer with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force learned that Patrick Callahan was sharing images of child pornography on the internet through the use of file-sharing software. When interviewed, Callahan admitted that he had searched the internet looking for images of child pornography. An examination of two of Callahan’s computers revealed the presence of over a hundred images of child pornography. He pled guilty to the indictment on April 5, 2011.

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper.
Callahan was immediately turned over to the custody of the US Marshal.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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