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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Department of Justice

United States Attorney James R. Dedrick Eastern District of Tennessee


ROY WALSH PLEADS GUILTY TO TRANSPORTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE BY MEANS OF A COMPUTER

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn -Roy Walsh, 39, formerly of Jasper, Tennessee, now residing in Lenoir City entered a plea of guilty on April 5, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga, to transporting child pornography in interstate commerce by means of a computer. Sentencing has been set for 9:00 a.m., July 12, 2010, in United States District Court in Chattanooga.

Roy Walsh faces a term of a minimum of five (5) years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and supervised release from five (5) years to life.

In February 2008, prosecution of an individual in Connecticut disclosed that the defendant, Roy Walsh, who is the former band director for the South Pittsburg High School Band, had been sending and receiving images of child pornography over the internet. Chat logs involving Roy Walsh and images sent and received by him were recovered in the investigation. Among the images of child pornography recovered in forensic analysis of a seized computer was that charged in the Information, which was sent in interstate commerce on February 19, 2008, from Walsh in the Eastern District of Tennessee, to the individual in Connecticut via computer. A search warrant was executed at Walsh’s residence in Jasper, Tennessee, on October 10, 2008, and two computer hard drives were seized and forensically examined. The seized items were found to contain numerous images of child pornography.

On January 12, 2010, a one-count Information, which included the aforementioned charge, was filed in the United States District Court in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This Information was the result of an ongoing investigation by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. John MacCoon, Assistant United States Attorney represented the United States.

This case was 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 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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