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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tuscaloosa Man Sentenced To Nearly Six Years In Prison For Possessing Child Pornography

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge today sentenced a Tuscaloosa man to nearly six years in prison for possessing child pornography obtained over the Internet, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent in Charge Raymond R. Parmer Jr. and Alabama Department of Public Safety Director Hugh B. McCall.

BRUCE HENRY, 37, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Inge P. Johnson to one count of possessing child pornography. Judge Johnson then sentenced Henry to 70 months in prison and ordered that he be taken into custody immediately. He must serve five years of supervised release after completing his prison term.

According to Henry’s plea agreement with the government, he possessed more than 300 images of child pornography that he obtained over the Internet between April 1, 2009, and April 1, 2011. The images are of real children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Henry victimized specific children and harmed our society by his illegal conduct, the government said in its sentencing memorandum to the court. Individuals who view and possess child pornography enable and support its continued production by providing the incentive for its creation and distribution, the memorandum notes.

“This defendant did not just look at a few images once in his life, but used technology for years to possess hundreds of images that depict the rape and exploitation of prepubescent children,” according to the memorandum.

ICE and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation investigated the case, and it was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Fortune.

Updated March 19, 2015