Spokane, Washington Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography
Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Hugh Allen Russell, age 31, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced today after having previously pled guilty on September 15, 2016 to Receipt of Child Pornography. Senior United States District Court Judge Justin L. Quackenbush sentenced Russell to a fifteen-year term of imprisonment, to be followed a fifteen-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison. He will also be required to register as a sex offender upon release. Russell has a prior 2014 Washington State conviction for Possession of Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct, and was registering as a sex offender at the time he committed the offense of Receipt of Child Pornography.
According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, Dropbox reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that someone had uploaded a video of child pornography to their Dropbox account. NCMEC referred the information to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Washington State. As a result, the Spokane Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted an investigation and ultimately searched Russell’s cellular phone, pursuant to a warrant, and located images of child pornography on the device.
Michael C. Ormsby stated, "Prosecuting offenders with prior child pornography convictions is a priority of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington. Cases of recidivists, like this one, will be prosecuted aggressively."
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the United States Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. The Project Safe Childhood Initiative (“PSC”) has five major components:
· Integrated federal, state, and local efforts to investigate and prosecute child exploitation cases, and to identify and rescue children;
· Participation of PSC partners in coordinated national initiatives;
· Increased federal enforcement in child pornography and enticement cases;
· Training of federal, state, and local law enforcement agents; and
· Community awareness and educational programs.
This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Alison L. Gregoire, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.