Friday, February 13, 2009

Savannah Longshoreman Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

Edmund A. Booth, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, today announced that Bernard McCray, 33, an employee at the Georgia Ports in Savannah, pled guilty to Possession of Child Pornography in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A.

Booth noted that during the guilty plea hearing in U.S. District Court before U.S. DistrictJudge B. Avant Edenfield, the evidence showed McCray had taken sexually explicit photographs of a 14-year-old girl in his pickup truck using a cell phone camera. Booth stated that the offense of Possession of Child Pornography carries a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years and a $250,000 fine. Forfeiture of McCray’s pickup truck will also be addressed at the sentencing which has not yet been scheduled.

This case was the result of a joint investigation by the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and Special Agent Joshua Hayes of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Kramer represented the Government.

Booth commented that this case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, which isa nationwide U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims.

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