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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bullitt County, Kentucky, Man Sentenced To 360 Months In Prison For Production Of Child Pornography

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Bullitt County, Kentucky, man was sentenced today to 360 months in prison, followed by a life-time of supervised release, by Senior United States District Judge Thomas B. Russell, for the production of child pornography, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

“Thirty years is a just sentence for Michael Mudd, who exploited two young children to manufacture child pornography," stated U.S. Attorney Kuhn.  “This successful prosecution was part of Project Safe Childhood, a Department of Justice initiative launched ten years ago this month to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to rescue child victims and pursue criminals like Mr. Mudd who prey on them."

Michael Mudd, 47, previously admitted in court that he had photographed and video recorded two male children.  He created the images inside his residence as well as outside at a small lake near the trailer park where he lived.   At least one of the children was identified and a staff member with Family and Children’s Place in Louisville, Kentucky, conducted a forensic interview with the 12-year-old boy. During the interview, the child described multiple occasions during which Mudd photographed and video recorded him engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  According to the child, the recording/photographing took place on multiple occasions dating back to the fall of 2013 and continuing to May 2014.  The computer forensic examination of the items seized from Mudd’s home revealed the existence of the videos / photographs described by the boy.

Mudd was arrested on August 25, 2014, on a criminal complaint.  A federal grand jury indicted Mudd on September 18, 2014.  Mudd pleaded guilty to two separate counts of producing child pornography on June 17, 2015.

According to the record of this case, law enforcement officials executed a federal search warrant on Mudd’s residence on August 7, 2014.  Mudd was at home during execution of the warrant.  Law enforcement officials seized a number of items, including computers, cellular telephones and other digital devices.  The items were submitted for forensic examination.

While law enforcement officials were on the scene of the search, neighbors approached and expressed concern about Mudd’s conduct with young boys in the neighborhood.  Within 24 hours of executing the warrant, an adult female made contact with law enforcement.  She reported that her 12-year-old son told her that Mudd had recorded her son engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case.  The United States Postal Inspection Service, with assistance from the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office, conducted the investigation.

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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."

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 18, 2016