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Cary Man Sentenced To 21 Years In Federal Prison For Manufacturing Child Porn PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Friday, 25 May 2018 10:10
Adam Geoffrey Frankel, 33, of Cary was sentenced to 259 months of federal imprisonment followed by ten years of supervised release for production of multiple videos containing child pornography.
 
Frankel pled guilty pursuant to a plea agreement to manufacturing child pornography.
 
In October of 2014 Cary Police Department began an online investigation relating to the distribution and receipt of child pornography through file sharing programs. During the course of the investigation, Frankel was identified downloading and distributing child pornography from an IP address associated with his home. A search warrant was issued for Frankle's home and law enforcement seized multiple computers, external hard drives,
 
cellular phones and media storage devices. The forensic examination of the items collected contained multiple videos created by Frankel, he communicated with underage females and solicited them to perform sexual acts on video. The forensic examination also uncovered the defendant’s collection of child pornography of a least 136,350 images.
 
In addition to the prison sentence, Frankel agreed to the forfeiture of his residence located on Belrose Drive in Cary along with several pieces of computer equipment, all of which were used to commit the charged offense.
 
This case was part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level. For more 
information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
 
The Cary Police Department conducted the criminal investigation of this case. Assistant United States Attorney Melissa Belle Kessler handled the prosecution of this case for the United States.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2018 10:19
 
Raleigh Man Sentenced To 12 Years In Federal Prison For Receiving Child Porn PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 25 May 2018 09:17
Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced Stephen Glenn Batts Batts, 48, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 12 year of federal imprisonment followed by 10 years of supervised release after he pled guilty to nine counts of Receipt of Child Pornography and one-count of Possession of Child Pornography.
 
In December 2016, a detective with the Cary Police Department, conducted an online investigation looking for offenders sharing child pornography. The investigation focused on an Internet Protocol (IP) because it was sharing known images of child pornography. The detective located files being shared by this IP address. Officers connected to the target computer and downloaded 735 files. A review of those files showed that 598 were child pornography while the other were child erotic in nature but not sexual conduct. The majority of the 598 files downloaded by investigators were of sexual acts with infants, toddlers, and children under 6 years old. This information was relayed to Homeland Security Investigations in Raleigh for further investigation. Further along in the investigation, agents identified the address associated with that IP address and obtained a search warrant. 
 
On February 1, 2017, a search warrant was executed by agents at Batts' residence. During their search, investigators found several computer devices belonging to Batts.
 
He first denied but later admitted that he searched and downloaded child pornography from his laptop computers. Batts also said he also viewed child pornography in webinars. He acknowledged that he received child pornography over the internet.
 
A complete forensics examination of the files obtained from Batts’ computer devices revealed approximately 962 videos and 39,078 images of child pornography. A review of the hard drive included numerous known internet search terms associated with child pornography.
 
This case was part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level. For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
 
The Cary Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations conducted the criminal investigation of this case. Assistant United States Attorney James C. Kurosad handled the prosecution of this case for the United States.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2018 09:31
 
Wilmington Man Indicted On Federal Child Pornography Charges PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 25 May 2018 09:07
A federal  grand jury in Raleigh has returned a five-count indictment charging Isai Sanchez, 22, of Wilmington with four counts of Receipt of Child Pornography and one count of Possession of Child Pornography.
 
The indictment alleges that, beginning at a time unknown and ending on May 4, 2017, Sanchez received at least four files containing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The indictment further alleges that on May 4, 2017, Sanchez  was found to be in possession of digital media containing images and videos involving minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
 
If convicted of these charges, Sanchez would face a maximum of twenty years’ imprisonment and up to a lifetime of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
 
This case was part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level. For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
 
The charges and allegations contained in the Indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
 
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jake D. Pugh is prosecuting the case for the government.
 
 
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2018 09:10
 
Feds Approve Food Relief For NC Tornado Victims PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 11:34
Governor Roy Cooper’s request for temporary food and nutrition benefits for Guilford and Rockingham county residents affected by the April 15 tornado has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That clears the way for tornado survivors in those counties to apply for temporary Disaster Food and Nutrition Services benefits. 
 
“Tornadoes literally turn life upside down for their victims and people in these communities are working hard to recover,” Gov. Cooper said. “This help will make a real difference for many families and I encourage people who may be eligible to apply as soon as possible.”
 
The National Weather Service determined that an EF2 tornado with winds up to 135 miles per hour touched down in east Greensboro on the afternoon of April 15 and traveled north into Rockingham County. The storm caused one fatality, and damaged homes, schools and businesses along a path 33.6 miles long.
 
This temporary food and nutrition disaster benefit is available to affected residents of Guilford and Rockingham counties who are not current recipients of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits, also known as food stamps.
 
Impacted residents who are not currently receiving FNS benefits may qualify for disaster assistance if they have suffered losses from the severe weather, including:
 
* Destruction or damage to homes. 
* Disaster-related expenses, such as repairs to homes or businesses, or the cost of temporary shelter. 
* Loss of income or food. 
 
Eligibility will be determined according to federal criteria, and eligible residents will receive a one-month temporary benefit for their household.
 
Households impacted by the storms that receive regular FNS benefits and lost food as a result of the storm, can request replacement of benefits if they received April benefits prior to the storm. Replacements can be requested during the five consecutive days of May 17 through May 21. 
 
Those applying for Disaster Food and Nutrition Services benefits must provide proof of identity along with proof of residency (if available), and must apply in the county where they reside.
 
Disaster Food and Nutrition Services sites will operate for five days beginning Thursday, May 17, and continuing through Monday, May 21, at the following locations. 
 
Guilford County DSS
1203 Maple Street
Greensboro, NC 27405
 
Hours of Operation
Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, May 19: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Sunday, May 20: 1–4 p.m.
Monday, May 21: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
 
Rockingham County DSS
411 NC Highway 65   
Wentworth, NC 27375
 
Hours of Operation

Thursday, May 17and Friday, May 18: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday, May 19: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Sunday, May 20: 1–4 p.m.

Monday, May 21: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 11:36
 
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