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Raleigh Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing 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 a large amount of child pornography.  On December 14, 2020, Joshua Dominique Grisson pled guilty to the charges.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Grisson, 24, possessed 3,804 images and 432 videos of child pornography.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation first discovered Grisson’s crime in North Carolina while investigating another person linked to distribution of child pornography in Wisconsin in 2018.  Through that investigation, FBI agents were able to monitor the online activities of several people engaged in the sharing of images and videos of child pornography.  The evidence collected by the agents led them to Grisson’s home in North Carolina. 

On June 18, 2019, FBI agents executed a search warrant at Grisson’s home in Raleigh.  The agents found child pornography on several computer devices owned by Grisson.  A forensic analysis of those devices uncovered 3,804 images and 432 videos of child pornography.    

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 and the Raleigh Police Department investigated the case, with assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parris 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-00051-FL.

Updated February 25, 2022

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