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Columbus Man Sentenced To 78 Months Imprisonment For Possession Of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Georgia

United States Attorney G. F. “Pete” Peterman, III announces that Wilfred E. Wright, age 34, of Columbus, Georgia, was sentenced to serve 78 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography. The sentence was handed down by Chief United States District Court Judge Clay D. Land in Columbus, Georgia on April 11, 2017.

Through his plea, Mr. Wright admitted to uploading images of child pornography to his Gmail email account on February 26, 2015. After obtaining search warrants for his electronic devices and online accounts, law enforcement obtained 86 images and nine videos of child pornography from Mr. Wright. A majority of the identified victims in these images were under the age of 12 at the time their abuse was captured on video or through photo.

In addition to his 78 months imprisonment, Judge Land ordered Mr. Wright to a lifetime of supervision as a registered sex offender upon his release from federal prison. Mr. Wright will also be required to pay $12,500.00 in restitution to the respective victims depicted in the images and videos he possessed.

“The sexual exploitation of the children used to make these videos and photos is an abomination. Those who support this exploitation by buying and possessing this type of material will be prosecuted by my office to the fullest extent of the law,” said United States Attorney Peterman.

This case was investigated by the Columbus Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney C. Shanelle Booker prosecuted the case for the United States.

Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 752-3511.

Updated April 13, 2017

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