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Monday, September 23, 2013

Maryland Man Sentenced To 46-Month Prison Term For Possession Of Child Pornography

     WASHINGTON – Cornelius Magee, 37, of Silver Spring, Md., was sentenced today to 46 months of incarceration for possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

     Magee pled guilty to the charge in February 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He was sentenced by the Honorable Amy Berman Jackson. Upon completion of his prison term, Magee will be placed on 10 years of supervised release.

     According to the government's evidence, on Oct. 24, 2012, Magee contacted a man he believed to be the father of a 12-year-old girl on a social network site.  That man turned out to be an undercover officer with the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force. 

     Over the next two days, Magee engaged in online e-mail and instant message conversations with the undercover officer.  During this period of time, Magee sent the undercover officer two videos of child pornography which depicted adult men engaged in sexual acts with children.  Following the defendant’s arrest on Oct. 26, 2012, members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force conducted a search of Magee’s residence and found approximately 16 additional videos of child pornography on the defendant’s computer.

     This case was brought as part of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood initiative and investigated by the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of the FBI's Washington Field Office and MPD.  In February 2006, the Attorney General created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the U.S. Attorney's Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director in Charge Parlave, and Chief Lanier praised the work of the MPD Detectives and Special Agents of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force.  They also commended the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Ari Redbord, who prosecuted the case.


Updated February 19, 2015