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Federal Indictment Charges Registered Sex Offender With Production Of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A federal grand jury in Charlotte has returned a criminal indictment charging Christopher Porter, 30, a registered sex offender, with production of child pornography and committing a qualifying felony offense involving a minor while being required to register as a sex offender, announced Dena J. King U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Robert M. DeWitt, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, and Chief J. Bryan Gilliard of the Monroe Police Department join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to allegations in the four-count indictment, between May 28, 2023, and September 6, 2023, Porter produced child pornography by using, inducing, enticing, and coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of creating a visual depiction of that conduct. The indictment also alleges that Porter committed a felony criminal offense involving a minor while he was required by law to register as a sex offender.

Porter is currently in state custody in Missouri and will be transported to the Western District of North Carolina to appear in court on the federal charges.

Each of the three counts of production of child pornography carries a minimum prison sentence of not less than 15 years and a maximum of 30 years.  However, if the defendant has a prior conviction under the laws of any State relating to aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse, or abusive sexual contact involving a minor, the minimum prison sentence is 30 years and the maximum is 50 years. The charge of commission of a qualifying felony while being required to register as a sex offender carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison consecutive to any other prison term imposed.

The charges contained in the indictment are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King commended the FBI in Charlotte and the Monroe Police Department for their investigation of the case and thanked the Kirkwood Missouri Police Department, the FBI in St. Louis, and the FBI in Knoxville for their invaluable assistance.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimlani Ford of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte is prosecuting 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 https://www.justice.gov/psc.

Updated February 21, 2024

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Project Safe Childhood