A Rockville man was sentenced Monday in federal court in Greenbelt to seven years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore said in a news release.
John Raley, 43, pleaded guilty to sending 187 images of child pornography from his home and office to 23 groups on a social networking site, of which he was a member, the release said. The images were sent on multiple occasions, including in August, 2009 and December, 2009, prosecutors said.
Federal law enforcement executed a search warrant for Raley’s home and former workplace on Jan. 13, 2011, seizing computers and other digital media containing more than 200,000 images and 4,082 videos “depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including sadistic or masochistic depictions of children,” the release said.
U.S. District Court Judge Roger W. Titus also sentenced Raley to 10 years of supervised release and ordered him to register as a sex offender wherever he lives, works, or is a student, upon his release from prison.
Raley’s case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative led by U.S. Attorneys' offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the U.S. Justice Department’s Criminal Division. The program seeks to apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims.
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