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SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON MAN SENTENCED TO 48 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Man Had Bought or Traded for Thousands of Images

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2007

TAYLOR REED, 22, formerly of Camas, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 48 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release for Possession of Child Pornography. When agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement searched REED’s home and computer, they found more than 10,000 images and videos of child pornography. U.S. District Judge Franklin D. Burgess ordered REED to register as a sex offender and participate in sex deviancy testing and treatment while in prison and on supervised release.

According to records filed in the case, REED purchased some of the pornography or traded it on-line with others. REED came to the attention of law enforcement after Yahoo reported that two user accounts associated with REED had posted child pornography to a Yahoo users group. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement received the information from the Oregon Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Authorities then executed a search warrant for REED’s Camas, Washington residence and computer on May 18, 2005. REED pleaded guilty on March 22, 2007.

In her sentencing memo Assistant United States Attorney Karyn Johnson noted that REED’s activities increased the victimization of children. REED “paid to obtain some of these images, thereby contributing to the marketplace of child pornography.... (REED also) took purposeful steps to disseminate the images and videos .... (he) created and moderated Yahoo! groups where the sole purpose was to obtain and exchange images of child pornography,” Johnson wrote in her sentencing memo.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karyn Johnson.

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

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