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John A. A forensic analysis of the seized items revealed that Harden possessed more than images of child pornography, including images of children under 12, and material depicting the violent, sadistic or masochistic sexual abuse of children. As Harden admitted in filed court documents, prior to his arrest, he had been sending and receiving child pornography online for at least two years.
Harden further admitted that he frequently visited websites and chat rooms online to locate and download child pornography, and to trade images with other individuals.
On September 12,Harden pleaded guilty to distribution and attempted distribution of child pornography. Harden is currently in federal custody. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.
Assistant U. Attorney Emily Wasserman prosecuted the case, and Assistant U. Attorney Mark Odulio represented the Government at the sentencing hearing. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in by the Department of Justice, aimed at combating the growing online sexual exploitation of children.
By combining resources, federal, state and local agencies are better able to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue those victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www. You are here U.
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