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Raleigh Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Child Pornography

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

WILMINGTON, N.C. – A Raleigh man was sentenced to 144 months imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release, and $81,000 in restitution, for receipt and possession of child pornography. Klaus De La Fuente, age 27, pled guilty on September 11, 2023.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, De La Fuente, was found using peer to peer file sharing networks to receive and distribute child pornography during an investigation by the Cary Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Law enforcement officers identified child pornography files that were associated with De La Fuente’s IP address.  Based upon this, a search warrant was executed at his residence on April 1, 2022. 

When the search warrant was executed, multiple digital devices were seized including a cell phone that was actively downloading child pornography at the time.  When all devices were forensically examined, law enforcement discovered De La Fuente had been collecting child sexual abuse images since 2018 and had amassed a large collection of images and videos.  In total, De La Fuente possessed 8,839 images and 278 videos depicting child sexual abuse.  The collection of images and videos included very young children, infants and toddlers. 

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after the sentencing was concluded.  U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle presided over the sentencing.  The Cary and Raleigh Police Departments, the United States’ Marshals Service and the Department of Homeland Security investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Charity Wilson prosecuted the case.

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 https://www.justice.gov/psc.

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. 5:23-CR-101-BO.

Updated February 27, 2024

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Project Safe Childhood