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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 20, 2013

Detroit Man Sentenced To More Than 21 Years In PrisonFor Receipt And Possession Of Child Pornography

A Detroit man was sentenced today to 262 months in federal prison after having pleaded guilty to receipt and possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.

Joining McQuade in the announcement was Special Agent in Charge Marlon Miller, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Lawrence Flack, 54, of Detroit, Michigan was sentenced by United States District Judge Stephen J. Murphy, III.

Evidence established that Flack, who had previously been convicted of sexual battery against a minor, used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to locate and download images and videos of little girls, mostly ages 9 to 10 years old, being forced to engage in sexually explicit activities with adults.  Agents from the Department of Homeland Security identified over 7,500 images and videos, some portraying sadistic or masochistic conduct. 

In announcing the sentence, McQuade stated, "This case is not just about bad pictures. Real children suffer so that defendants like this one can look at child pornography. The children are physically abused and then virtually abused again and again forever."

 “This significant sentencing against a convicted child predator should serve as a stark warning for those who target and prey on children,” said Marlon Miller, Special Agent in Charge for HSI Detroit. “The aggressive investigation and prosecution of child predators remains among HSI's highest priorities.”

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maggie Smith, of the General Crimes Unit.

Updated March 19, 2015