Greer Man Sentenced to 120 months for Possession of Child Pornography Involving Prepubescent Minors
Greenville, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Leslie Earle Alverson, age 50, of Greer, South Carolina, was recently sentenced in federal court in Greenville, South Carolina, for Possession of Child Pornography involving Prepubescent Minors, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B). United States District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks sentenced Alverson to 120 months (10 years) and supervised release for life.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that between January 23, 2015 and February 24, 2015, Alverson spent substantial hours on a child pornography website. Law enforcement agents traced the activity to internet protocol (IP) addresses associated with Alverson. Agents executed a search warrant at Alverson’s residence and various computer hardware belonging to Alverson that contained thousands of images of child pornography. Alverson admitted that he possessed such child pornography. In total, law enforcement seized over 13,000 qualifying images. These images and videos included adults engaged in sexual acts with prepubescent minors as well as sadistic and masochistic conduct.
The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney D. Josev Brewer of the Greenville office prosecuted the case.
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, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."