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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Morrisville Man Sentenced For Receipt Of Child Pornography

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced ROBERT LOWELL CASSIDY , 58, of Morrisville to 84 months imprisonment, followed by 7 years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $10,000.00 fine.

CASSIDY was named in a Criminal Information filed on October 18, 2013 charging him with Receipt of Child Pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2).  On November 26, 2013, CASSIDY pled guilty to that charge. 

According to the investigation, an undercover officer identified a computer belonging to CASSIDY that was involved with the distribution of online child pornography.  A search warrant was executed on CASSIDY’s residence on April 27, 2013 and a computer, several hard drives, and multiple storage devices were seized.  A complete forensic examination of CASSIDY’s computer equipment revealed 4,571 still images and 475 video files (475 videos x 75 images = 35,625 images) depicting the sexual exploitation of children.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Morrisville Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes prosecuted the case for the United States.

 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Updated July 14, 2015