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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Mount Pleasant Man Sentenced to 10 years for Possession of Child Pornography

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — Chad Horst Kramolowski, 35, of Mount Pleasant, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

Evidence presented to the Court showed that on May 16, 2018, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) section received a CyberTipline Report from Facebook, Inc., who discovered evidence of alleged criminal activity on their servers. The CyberTipline Report showed that a Facebook user received an image of a minor appearing in a state of sexually explicit nudity. ICAC officers tracked the Facebook user’s IP address to Kramolowski’s residence in Mount Pleasant. On March 6, 2019, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Kramolowski’s residence and found at least 20 images of child pornography, including images of prepubescent minors, on one of Kramolowski’s cell phones.  The investigation also revealed that Kramolowski was previously convicted in federal court for possession of child pornography and was sentenced in 2008 to 30 months in federal prison.

United States District Judge Richard M. Gergel sentenced Kramolowski to 120 months in federal prison, to be followed by a lifetime term of court-ordered supervision.  There is no parole in the federal system. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Dean H. Secor prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Contact: 
Derek A. Shoemake (843) 327-0882
Updated April 6, 2022