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Child Pornography Trader Sentenced To 151 Months In Prison

May 7, 2012

Memphis, TN – William Dean Craig, 41, of Savannah, Tennessee, entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced on May 4, 2012, by Chief Judge Jon P. McCalla to serve 151 months in prison, followed by eight years of supervised release, and a fine of $17,500, announced Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. Craig pled guilty to violating Title 18 U.S.C. Section 2252(a)(1) (transportation of child pornography) and 18 U.S.C. Section 2252(a)(4)(B) (possession of child pornography).

A special agent of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working undercover to combat child exploitation, determined that William Dean Craig, of Savannah, Tennessee, had child pornography on his computer and was making it available to others through a file-sharing program. The undercover agent was able to download images of children being sexually abused from Craig’s computer on several occasions. Further investigation found Craig’s collection of such images to be extensive, revealing more than 100,000 still images and more than 1,200 movie files. Craig, a native of Paducah, Kentucky, worked as a tugboat engineer for more than 20 years.

“This case is another in a long line of successful prosecutions by our office of people who would prey upon our most vulnerable citizens. Although child exploitation is a serious and ongoing problem, the prosecutors in our top-notch Project Safe Childhood unit work every day to bring those engaged in these activities to justice,” said United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III.

“The victimization of children tears at the fabric of our community, and the individuals who participate in sharing child pornography should know that we will work tirelessly to target, catch and bring them to justice,” said Aaron T. Ford, Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “This sentencing represents the ongoing efforts of the FBI and our law enforcement partners to protect children and hold accountable those who exploit or endanger them.”

This case was investigated by Special Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Memphis Division; and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Newsom.

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