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Press Release

Defendant Possessing Child Pornography Sentenced

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

Michael JMoore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Michael Dawes Hall, age 25,  a resident of Tifton, Georgia, was sentenced on July 29, 2013 by the Honorable Hugh Lawson in United Sates District Court, Valdosta Division, to sixty-one (61) months imprisonment, to be followed by twenty-five (25) years supervised release.

Mr. Hall entered a plea of guilty on July 29, 2013 to Possession of Child Pornography. He admitted to possessing computers containing visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit  conduct.   A "cyber  tip"  provided  by the National  Center  for Missing  and  Exploited Children from an internet service provider associated Hall's  e-mail address to uploading images and a video of child exploitation onto an online social networking group.  These images involved prepubescent minors and minors under the' age of twelve (12) years and depicted minors engaged in sexual conduct of a sadistic and masochistic nature.

U.S. Attorney  Michael  Moore  said, "Every  time Mr. Hall looked at these images  and every time he uploaded the pictures and videos, here-victimized these children.  My office will use every resource we have to find and prosecute defendants like Mr. Hall.  After all, if we are not willing to fight to protect our kids, what is worth fighting for?''

The  case  was  investigated  by  the  Federal  Bureau  of  Investigation  (FBI)  and  was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert D. McCullers for the Government.

Inquiries regarding the case should be directed to Sue McKinney, Public Affairs Specialist, United States Attorney's Office at (478) 621-2602.

Updated February 19, 2015