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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Las Vegas Man Sentenced To Over Six Years In Prison For Possession Of Nearly 8,000 Images Of Child Pornography

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Las Vegas man was sentenced today to 78 months in prison to be followed by lifetime supervision for possession of over 7,915 images and videos of child pornography, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.


James Karman Ryan, 49, pleaded guilty on April 18, 2017, to one count of possession of child pornography.


According to the plea agreement, on Jan. 14, 2014, during the execution of a search warrant by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Ryan barricaded himself in his room and began to delete files on his computer. He eventually surrendered and admitted that he was attempting to delete child pornography from his computer as the SWAT team was making entry into his house. After a forensic examination of his computer, hard drives, and other storage devices, over 7,915 images and videos were found to contain child pornography. Of the 7,915 images and videos, approximately 4,687 images and videos were deemed to be child sexual abuse.


The case was investigated by the FBI and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Frank Coumou and Lisa Cartier-Giroux.


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 the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals, federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood and for information about internet safety education, visit



Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 25, 2017