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McCalla Man Sentenced To More Than Nine Years In Prison For Receiving And Possessing Child Pornography

January 5, 2011

BIRMINGHAM - U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor today sentenced a McCalla man to more than nine years in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance.

The judge sentenced ERIC SEAN FRIERSON to 110 months in prison, to be followed by 20 years of supervised release.

“Prison is the right place for someone who uses the Internet, or any means, to view and collect images of children being forced into sexual acts,” Vance said. “People who view those kind of unspeakable images support an illicit industry that can only survive on the horrible abuse and exploitation of children,” she said.

FRIERSON, 36,  pleaded guilty in June to charges that, from about January 2005 to February 2009, he used the Internet to receive or possess more than 600 images of child pornography. Some of those images depicted children younger than 5 years old engaged in sexually explicit conduct with adult males.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Postal Inspection Service, and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Fortune prosecuted the case.



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