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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 26, 2018

Charlotte Man Is Sentenced To 12.5 Years In Prison For Transporting Child Pornography

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. Attorney R. Andrew Murray announced today that Charles Gary Humphrey, 42, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 151 months in prison for transporting child pornography.  Chief U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney also ordered Humphrey to serve a lifetime of supervised release and to register as a sex offender after he is released from prison.

John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division joins U.S. Attorney Murray in making today’s announcement.

According filed court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, on October 9, 2015, law enforcement became aware that an individual, later identified as Humphrey, was using a peer-to-peer network to view and trade child pornography online.  On January 25, 2016, Humphrey transported 55 files that contained a mix of child pornography and child erotica to an undercover FBI agent. Law enforcement executed a search warrant at Humphrey’s residence, seizing his computer. A forensic examination of the computer revealed that it contained more than 5,000 image images and videos of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  Court records show that some of the images and videos contained identified victims of 25 different series of child pornography. 

The FBI’s Crimes Against Children Squad investigated the case.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Cortney Randall of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated February 27, 2018