MEAD, WASHINGTON MAN SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS IN PRISON FOR TRADING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Spokane – James A. McDevitt, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Bradley Forrest Harrison, age 44, of Mead, Washington was sentenced today for receiving child pornography that he traded over the Internet.
In October 2008, the FBI Cyber Crime Task Force in Peoria, Illinois, discovered a computer sharing child pornography over the Internet. Further investigation showed that computer to be operating from Bradley Harrison’s residence in Mead, Washington. In November 2008, a federal search warrant was executed at Bradley Harrison’s residence. Two computers were seized and a later search showed them to contain 170 images of children engaged in sexually explicit activity. The images had been downloaded on the computer between September 14, 2008 and November 13, 2008. Some of the images were of children under 12 years old and some were sadistic and masochistic images of minors. In August 2009, Bradley Harrison was charged by grand jury indictment for receiving child pornography and in March 2010, Bradley Harrison pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography.
Bradley Harrison was ordered to serve 60 months in prison, followed by a 10 year term of court supervision after he is released from prison. Bradley Harrison will be required to register as a sex offender for his lifetime. James A. McDevitt, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said, “The national network of dedicated law enforcement officers are commended for their cooperation and quick reaction in this case. As a result, our community is safer when those who prey upon the most vulnerable members of our society are detected and incarcerated.”
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice created 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. The Project Safe Childhood (PSC) Initiative has five major components:
- Integrated federal, state, and local efforts to investigate and prosecute child exploitation cases, and to identify and rescue child victims
- Participation of PSC partners in coordinated national initiatives
- Increased federal enforcement in child pornography and enticement cases
- Training of federal, state, and local law enforcement agents
- Community awareness and educational programs