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Portage Township man pleads to receipt of child porn

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A Portage Township man is facing a minimum of five years in a federal prison after pleading guilty to receipt of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Terrance Shawn Young, 49, with a listed address of 618 Oxford Road, has agreed to plead guilty to the first count of the indictment, in exchange for which a second—possession of child pornography—will be dismissed, according to court documents.

Under the agreement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will recommend to the court “a sentence equal to the minimum of the applicable U.S. sentencing guidelines. The agreement, however, is not binding on the court.

Also recommended: an “offense-level calculation” which takes into account one “decrease” and four “enhancements”:

•A decrease because the “offense conduct was limited to the receipt or solicitation of material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor” and did not involve trafficking or distribution.

•An enhancement because Young was in possession of material “which involved a prepubescent minor.”

•An enhancement because he was in possession of material “which portrays sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of minor.”

•An enhancement because Young used a computer during the commission of an offense.

•An enhancement because he was in possession of more than 600 images.

Young will also be sentenced to a minimum of five years of supervised release, will be required to register as a sex offender, and must submit to a psycho-sexual evaluation.

According to the complaint filed by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, an investigation begun in March 2010 into persons who had accessed the www.liberalmorality.com website showed probable cause that the user of an IP address, traced to Young’s residence, had received or attempted to receive child-pornographic images.

On Dec. 16, 2011, a search warrant was executed at Young’s home and an on-scene forensic examination of computers found in the master bedroom yielded “over a hundred images of suspected child pornography” as well as over 500 videos, the complaint stated.

Young admitted “that he views pornography on the computer and when agents asked if he ever viewed child pornography, he said yes that on occasion he came across some images on the Internet,” the complaint stated.

“When asked if law enforcement would find any images on his computer, Terrance Shawn Young said there would be ‘probably 10 images’ on the computer,” the complaint stated.

 

Posted 7/10/2012