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Faces Mandatory Minimum 5 year Prison Term up to 15 years in Prison when Sentenced

April 9, 2010

THEODORE ALAN MCCAW, 39, of Aberdeen, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to Receipt of Child Pornography. MCCAW came to the attention of federal law enforcement on May 20, 2008, when FBI investigators using an enhanced file sharing program determined that MCCAW was sharing child pornography with others over the internet. MCCAW was using a free file sharing program to obtain and share child pornography. When investigators served a search warrant on his computers in December 2008, they found more than 7,000 images of child pornography and 81 videos of child pornography. MCCAW is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle on June 28, 2010.

According to the original criminal complaint filed in the case, investigators looking into the sharing of child pornography over the internet were aware of files containing child pornography being shared in connection with MCCAW’s computer address in May 2008, June 2008, and August 2008. Agents obtained a court authorized search warrant and seized numerous hard drives, computers and a thumb drive from MCCAW in December 2008. MCCAW had been employed as a correctional officer in Shelton, Washington until 2004, when he first came to the attention of law enforcement for possession of child pornography. MCCAW’s state employment was terminated at that time.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, MCCAW has completed a psycho-sexual evaluation, will register as a sex offender, and will be on supervised release for at least 20 years following his prison term. Both sides have agreed to recommend a five year prison term, but Judge Settle is free to impose any sentence authorized by law.

The case was investigated by the FBI, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Aravind Swaminathan.

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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