Tucson Man Sentenced to Over 8 Years in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography
TUCSON, Ariz. – On January 29, 2018, Taylor Ray Freeman, 28, of Tucson, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James A. Soto to serve 97 months in prison. Freeman had previously pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. Freeman’s term of imprisonment will be followed by lifetime supervised release, with stringent sex offender conditions, including the condition that he register as a sex offender.
Until his arrest, Freeman was employed as a live-in “house parent” by a charitable organization that houses at-risk children. An investigation revealed that Freeman had been distributing sexually explicit images of children online, and seeking to trade for new images. After Freeman’s arrest, authorities found more than 440 images and videos depicting child sex abuse from his cellphone, along with non-pornographic images of some of the children in his care.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The investigation in this case was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, Tucson. Carin C. Duryee, District of Arizona, and Tucson handled the prosecution.
CASE NUMBER: CR-17-00194-TUC
RELEASE NUMBER: 2018-009_Freeman
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