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Defendant had More than 1600 Images of Child Porn on his Computer

January 23, 2009

NICHOLAS FARMER, 25, of Woodinville, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to six years in prison and twenty years of supervised release for Possession of Child Pornography. FARMER was indicted on April 24, 2008, following an investigation of the distribution of child pornography over the internet using Google’s “Hello” program. The investigation of the recipient of child pornography in Ohio, ultimately lead investigators to FARMER and the more than 1600 images of child pornography found on his computer. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly told him, “You may not realize it, but these victims remain victims for life. Even after they die, their families are victimized by these crimes.”

According to records filed in the case, in April 2005, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), began the investigation of a Seattle area man who had used the Google “Hello” program to send and receive several hundred images of child pornography. One of those who traded the child porn images was located in the Cleveland, Ohio area. ICE agents in Cleveland contacted that man, and an examination of his computer revealed exchanges between the Ohio resident and FARMER. In July 2006, agents served a search warrant on FARMER’s residence. A forensic review of his computer revealed 1,648 digital images of child pornography.

In asking for a substantial prison sentence, Assistant United States Attorney David Reese Jennings noted that FARMER was young -- just 22-years-old -- when he traded the child porn. Mr. Jennings wrote to the court: “There is no question but that Farmer spread child pornography to others. He did not passively acquire it, but instead actively acquired it and distributed it to others, thus creating additional harm. Mr. Farmer was prodigious in creating and distributing his collection of pornography.”

FARMER pleaded guilty on July 3, 2008.

“Possession of child pornography is not a victimless crime,” said Leigh H. Winchell, special agent in charge of ICE’s Office of Investigations. “ICE will continue to dedicate its resources to identify and investigate individuals who seek to exploit children through the collection of these illicit materials.”

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Reese Jennings.

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

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