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Holly Springs Man Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Child Pornography Case

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Holly Springs man was sentenced yesterday by Judge Louise W. Flanagan to a total of 140 months followed by 20 years of supervised release for Receipt of Child Pornography.  On March 9, 2021, Ryan Evers, 28, pled guilty to the charge.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, in September 2018, Evers was communicating online via social media with a minor child.   During the conversations, Evers discussed wanting to have sexual intercourse with the child and encouraged the child to send sexually explicit images to Evers.  The child posed for pictures in the way Evers encouraged and sent the photographs to Evers. 

The social media site reported the child pornography images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).  NCMEC forwarded the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency in the state in which the child lived for investigation.  Search warrants were executed on the social media site for the contents of the conversations between Evers and the minor child.  Law enforcement officers were able to identify Evers though the IP address used during the online communications with the child and photographs that he sent the child.  At the time of the communications, Evers lived in Holly Springs, North Carolina.

The child was identified and later disclosed there had been video calls with Evers during which the child sexually penetrated himself with objects encouraged by Evers. 

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after the sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan.  Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Charity Wilson  prosecuted the case.

This case was part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level.  For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:20-cr-00407-FL.

Updated June 16, 2022

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