Child-porn offenses bring 30-year prison term

Child-porn offenses bring 30-year prison term

URBANA – A Rankin man convicted of possessing and distributing child pornography has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael McCuskey on Tuesday sentenced James Faulds Jr., 39, to 20 years in federal prison for the distribution offense and 10 years for the possession, to be served one after the other.

McCuskey further ordered that Faulds remain on supervised release for life after he finishes his prison sentence. Faulds has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since he was convicted by a jury on Feb. 29, 2008, of the offenses.

The charges were the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Decatur Police Department and Vermilion County sheriff's office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Bass prosecuted the case.

Acting U.S. Attorney Jeffrey B. Lang said, "We will continue to aggressively prosecute anyone who participates in any way in the exploitation of children. This 30-year sentence represents the serious commitment by this office, the courts and the law to prosecute this kind of abuse."

"The victims of child pornography are the most vulnerable members of our society," said Michael Mitchell, resident agent in charge of the ICE investigations office in Springfield. "It's a high mission priority for ICE to help protect and bring justice to these victims by identifying, investigating and pursuing prosecution for anyone who creates, possesses or distributes child pornography."

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat 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, 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, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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