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Greenville Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

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

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Micah R. Vickery, age 37, of Greenville, pled guilty in federal court in Anderson, to possession of child pornography, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A.  United States District Judge Timothy M. Cain, of Anderson, accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office. 

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that law enforcement conducted a proactive investigation involving a file-sharing network used by individuals with an interest in child pornography.  An undercover officer downloaded a video that Vickery had available for sharing. 

A federal search warrant was obtained and executed.  Electronic devices were seized and law enforcement found 900 images of child pornography.  Vickery admitted to having a problem with all sorts of pornography and admitted to searching for and downloading child pornography.  Agents found images of children under the age of 18, and some prepubescent, engaged in the lascivious display of the genitals and sexual activity.

Ms. Drake stated the maximum penalty Vickery can receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for 20 years, supervised release of up to life, plus a special assessment of $100.

The case was investigated by agents with ICE - Homeland Security Investigations.  Assistant United States Attorney Bill Watkins of the Greenville office handled the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Contact

Lance Crick (864) 282-2105

Updated December 15, 2017

Topic
Project Safe Childhood