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MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN – Roger Harrison White, 70, of Grand Marais, Michigan, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. announced today. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell ordered White to serve five years of supervised release following his release from prison, and to pay a $300 fine and a $100 special assessment. White will also be required to register as a sexual offender. White had pled guilty to the charge last October.
The investigation into White’s activities stemmed from his brief subscription to a child pornography website in 2008. The investigation ultimately led to a search of White’s computer and compact disks. That search revealed that White had downloaded and stored thousands of images, as well as videos, of child pornography via the internet over a period of several years.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. The U.S. Attorney's Office, county prosecutor's offices, Internet Crimes Against Children task force (ICAC), federal, state, and local law enforcement are working closely together to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children. The partners in Project Safe Childhood work to educate local communities about the dangers of online child exploitation, and to teach children how to protect themselves. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit the following web site: www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul D. Lochner prosecuted the case.