Wenatchee Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography Images
SPOKANE – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Jeremiah Dale Fuller, age 29, of Wenatchee, Washington, was sentenced after having previously pleaded guilty on August 13, 2014 to Distribution of Child Pornography. United States District Court Judge Stanley Allen Bastian sentenced Fuller to a five year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a life term of court supervision after he is released from Federal prison. In addition, Fuller is required to register as a sex offender.
According to court records, on March 1, 2014, Fuller distributed child pornography images using the Internet. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provided a cybertip to law enforcement regarding some of the images Fuller distributed. As a result of Fuller’s distribution of the child pornography images, an investigation was conducted by the East Wenatchee Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security. In April, 2014, a search warrant was executed at Fuller’s residence in Wenatchee, Washington and Fuller’s laptop computers and mobile phone were seized. A forensic examination of the laptops and mobile phone revealed that Fuller was in possession of over 2,000 child pornography images.
Michael C. Ormsby said, “The East Wenatchee Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security conducted an outstanding investigation in this case. This case is yet another example of the strong working partnership between state and federal law enforcement officers in the Eastern District of Washington. The public should be aware that the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Washington is, and will continue to be, committed to prosecuting aggressively and seeking appropriate punishment for child pornography crimes.”
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.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
This investigation was conducted by the East Wenatchee Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security. The case was prosecuted by Stephanie J. Lister, an Assistant United States Attorney and PSC Coordinator for the Eastern District of Washington.