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"Spokane Man Sentenced To Fifteen Years In Federal Prison For Uploading A Child Pornography Video To Photobucket"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2013

Spokane - Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Eric Kyle Nevue, age 27, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced today after having previously pleaded guilty on June 10, 2013 to Distribution of Child Pornography. Chief United States District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson sentenced Nevue to a fifteen year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a life term of court supervision after he is released from Federal prison. Nevue has a prior 2008 Washington State conviction for Dealing in Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct.

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, in September of 2012, Photobucket.com reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that someone had uploaded a video of child pornography to their Photobucket.com account. NEMEC referred the information to the Internet Crimes Against Task Force in Washington State. As a result, the Spokane Police Department and the United States Secret Service conducted an investigation and executed a search warrant on November 8, 2012 at Nevue's residence in Spokane, Washington and located images of child pornography on Nevue's cellular telephone .

Michael C. Ormsby stated: "Prosecuting offenders with prior child pornography convictions is a priority of the United Sates Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington. Such cases will be investigated and prosecuted aggressively. This Office will seek appropriate punishment for child pornography crimes."

This case was pursued as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the United States Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. The Project Safe Childhood Initiative ("PSC") 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; and
  • Community awareness and educational programs.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

This investigation was conducted the United States Secret Service and the Spokane Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Stephanie J. Lister, an Assistant United States Attorney and PSC Coordinator for the Eastern District of Washington.

CR-13-0027-RMP

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