Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography
November 23, 2009
Senior United States District Court Judge H. Russel Holland imposed the sentence on Cox, age 54.
According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Audrey J. Renschen, Cox distributed child pornography from his home computer to an undercover officer who identified herself as a 13-year-old child. Cox distributed child pornography images to the apparent child on three occasions, February 11, 18, and 25, 2009. Cox also engaged in sexual chat asking for pictures of the child, sending streaming video of himself naked and masturbating, and encouraging the apparent child to masturbate along with Cox.
Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Cox's home in Ketchikan, and found his computer and an external hard drive that confirmed Cox's online activity with the undercover officer, including his distribution of child pornography. The forensic analysis of those materials also revealed additional child pornography images and videos of prepubescent children younger than 12 years of age being sexually exploited.
In explaining the sentence, Judge Holland emphasized the message he wanted to send to the community: "You're going to prison for a long time if you distribute child pornography." In addition to sentencing Cox to 120 months of prison, Judge Holland imposed a 15-year term of supervised release, during which Cox is required to participate in sex offender treatment, and to restrict his use of computers and contact with children under 18 years of age.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted the investigation that led to Cox's prosecution. In addition to the online undercover officer for the Newton County Sheriffs' office in Georgia, other members of the Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force who assisted in the investigation are the Ketchikan Police Department, the Alaska State Troopers, and the Anchorage Police Department.
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