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SEQUIM MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR RECEIPT AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2005

ROBERT CARL PATTERSON, 37, of Sequim, Washington was sentenced today to 15 years in prison and lifetime supervised release for seven counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. PATTERSON was convicted following a three-day trial in U.S. District Court in Tacoma in January of this year.

The investigation of PATTERSON began in September 2003 when his ex-girlfriend alerted the Clallam County Sheriff's Office about PATTERSON's activities. On September 14, 2003 sheriff's deputies served a warrant to search PATTERSON's house, computer and cars. Deputies discovered thousands of digital images of children, some as young as three or four years old, engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Some of the images depicted sadistic and masochistic abuse. The images were recovered from the hard drive of PATTERSON's computer and from CD-ROM disks in a briefcase in his car. Forensic analysis of the computer shows PATTERSON had downloaded some of the images from the internet.

The case was investigated by the Clallam County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Assistant United States Attorneys Vince Lombardi and Susan B. Dohrmann prosecuted the case.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office Western District of Washington at (206)553-4110.

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