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Individual Sentenced to Life on Child Exploitation Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2010

Memphis, TN - STEPHEN LYNN HAMMONDS, a 43 year old Jackson, Tennessee resident, appeared yesterday before United States District Judge Bernice B. Donald for sentencing on various violations of federal criminal law involving use of a computer with Internet accessibility for the purpose of attempting to persuade a minor to engage in sexual conduct, and knowing possession, receipt, and interstate transportation of child pornography announced Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. HAMMONDS was sentenced to a term of life imprisonment.

Following an investigation by the FBI Memphis Crimes Against Children Task Force, a Federal Grand Jury returned an indictment on January 13, 2010, charging HAMMONDS with the federal offenses. HAMMONDS thereafter entered pleas of guilty to all counts of the indictment on May 21, 2010.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dan L. Newsom and Debra L. Ireland handled this case on behalf of the United States Attorney’s Office.

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 about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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