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Jefferson County Man Guilty of Possessing Child Pornography

– Images found on a computer at the University of Louisville

May 24, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Jefferson County, Kentucky man, has pled guilty in United States District Court to possessing images of child pornography while attending classes at the University of Louisville, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

William D. Elmore, 25, admitted to knowingly possessing child pornography located on a thumb drive recovered at the University of Louisville and on a laptop recovered at his Jefferson County, Kentucky residence.

According to the federal plea agreement, on January 27, 2010 an employee of the University of Louisville, in the Information Technology department contacted the University of Louisville Police, after finding a Memorex thumb drive, in a computer lab, which contained digital images of child pornography, that is, images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. U of L police researched all individuals in the student database with the last name Elmore and discovered the defendant was enrolled in a Microcomputer Applications course that had met in the same room, the night before the thumb drive had been found.

On or about August 5, 2010, a computer forensic examiner with the United States Secret Service completed a forensic examination of the digital computer equipment and storage media. More than 150 images were identified to be known child pornography. Images located during this forensic exam were forwarded to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and included images of known child victims from outside the Western District of Kentucky.

Elmore faces a combined maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a combined fine of $500,000 and supervised release of at least five years and up to any number of years, including life. Elmore is scheduled for sentencing before Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 am in U.S. District Court, Louisville.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jo Lawless and was investigated by the University of Louisville Police Department and the United States Secret Service.

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