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Raleigh Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Child Pornography

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

NEW BERN, N.C. – A Raleigh man was sentenced today to 48 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for possessing child pornography.  On October 14, 2021, Bryan Cameron Haywood Hawkins pled guilty to the charges.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Hawkins, 37, possessed 1,274 videos and 1,931 images of child pornography when law enforcement searched his home in June 2020.  Law enforcement began investigating Hawkins in 2020 after receiving a cybertip that Hawkins had stored suspected child pornography in his internet cloud storage account.  Law enforcement obtained a search warrant for Hawkins’s home in Raleigh and found child pornography on several devices, including cellphones and tablets, owned by Hawkins.  Hawkins admitted to possessing the child pornography when he was interviewed by agents.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Raleigh Police Department, and the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the case with assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parris prosecuted the case.

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. 5:21-cr-00125-FL.

Updated February 23, 2022

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