Sentencing, guilty plea in child porn cases - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Sentencing, guilty plea in child porn cases

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Three men were sentenced and a fourth pleaded guilty this week in seperate cases involving child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, in a statement Thursday afternoon to FOX6 News, announced the sentencings and guilty plea. Vance said all four cases involved images of child pornography collected and stored on computers.

Below is the statement released to FOX6 News:
 
Sentenced this week for receiving child pornography were:
   
TROY WILSON OSBORNE, 37, of Toney. U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor on Tuesday sentenced Osborne to eight years and a month in prison. Osborne  pleaded guilty July 23 to receiving more than 600 images of child pornography and agreed to forfeit the computer equipment used to gather it. According to his plea agreement and his May indictment, Osborne received pornographic images from about Dec. 12, 2008, to February 2009, in Madison County. At least one of those images was of a child younger than 12.

DARRELL DWAYNE THRASHER, 50, of Northport. U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre on Wednesday sentenced Thrasher to eight years and a month in prison. She ordered him taken into immediate custody. Thrasher pleaded guilty July 28. According to his plea agreement, Thrasher became a target of an ICE investigation as a result of a national investigation based in New Jersey. The images he collected via a computer and the Internet showed children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The Alabama Bureau of Investigation and the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.
        
Sentenced for possessing child pornography was:

JULIUS WARREN PULLEN III, 24, of Childersburg. U.S. District Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins on Thursday sentenced Pullen to six years and six months in prison and ordered him into immediate custody. Pullen pleaded guilty July 28. According to his plea agreement, more than 600 images of child pornography were downloaded and saved on Pullen’s computer between about Nov. 1, 2007,  and March 3, 2008. The Roanoke Police Department in Alabama and the Regional Organized Crime Information Center in Tennessee assisted in the investigation of Pullen’s case.

Pleading guilty Thursday to possessing child pornography was:

BENTLEY CLARK GRIFFITH, 47, of Birmingham. Griffith entered his plea before Judge Hopkins to possessing a computer in February that contained between 10 and 150 images of child pornography. His sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 19, 2010.

Osborne, Thrasher and Pullen all are required to register as sex offenders and will be placed on supervised release after they complete their prison terms. Osborne and Pullen will be on supervised release for the rest of their lives; Thrasher will be on supervised release for 10 years.

 

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