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Delaware Man Pleads Guilty in Child Pornography Case

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. – John B. Alwood pled guilty to one count of accessing with intent to view child pornography depicting a prepubescent child engaged in sexually explicit conduct, announced Acting U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss of the District of Delaware.


Alwood, 54, of Lewes, Delaware, pled guilty before Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark of the U.S. District Court of Delaware on December 18, 2017. According to statements made in court at the hearing, Homeland Security Investigations identified Alwood as accessing an online video conferencing application in order to gain sexual gratification by viewing child pornography with other men.


Alwood is being detained until sentencing where he faces a sentencing range of 37 to 46 months in prison. Alwood also faces a term of supervised release following imprisonment and will be required to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction in which he lives, works, or attends school.


“Homeland Security Investigations will leave no stone unturned to find those who commit the terrible crime of being in possession and viewing child pornography,” said Marlon V. Miller, special agent in charge of HSI Philadelphia. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims of these horrendous crimes, and my sincere appreciation goes out to those men and women who relentlessly investigate and prosecute these cases.”


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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, 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


This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Graham Robinson of the District of Delaware prosecuted the case.

Updated December 20, 2017

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