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Burlington Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charge

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

GREENSBORO, N.C. – An individual who pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography was sentenced today, announced Sandra J. Hairston, Acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.

HAROLD WAYNE LAIL, 75, of Burlington, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on June 5, 2017, to one count of receipt of child pornography. He was sentenced by United States District Judge Loretta C. Biggs to 60 months imprisonment followed by 10 years supervised release. LAIL was also ordered to pay $30,500 in restitution and forfeit an Apple iMac and several storage devices containing child pornography.

Investigators searched LAIL’s home on June 30, 2016, after discovering that someone tried to access child pornography using LAIL’s IP address. They found thousands of images and videos of child pornography on a computer and storage devices in LAIL’s home.

This case was investigated by members of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, including Homeland Security Investigations and the Burlington Police Department.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of 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 August 24, 2017