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Alamance County Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charge

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

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A Snow Camp man who pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography was sentenced today, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.

SAMUEL DEXTER RAY, 60, of Snow Camp, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on February 27, 2018, to one count of receipt of child pornography. He was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder to 78 months of imprisonment followed by 8 years of supervised release. RAY was also ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution.

Investigators searched RAY’S home on September 15, 2017 and seized several of his electronic devices. They ultimately found thousands of child pornography files on RAY’s laptop and storage devices. RAY downloaded the child pornography from the “dark web” and peer-to-peer file-sharing networks.

This case was investigated by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, a member of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eric L. Iverson.

It was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit


Updated June 26, 2018