Upon being convicted for one count of possessing child pornography obtained over the Internet, a Tuscaloosa man was sentenced by a Federal judge to nearly six years in prison. Bruce Henry, a 37-year old Tuscaloosa resident, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court before being sentenced to 70 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. In its sentencing memorandum, the U.S, Attorney said Henry victimized specific children and harmed society by his illegal conduct, noting that individuals who view and possess child pornography enable and support its continued production.
Henry plead guilty to possessing more than 300 images of child pornography that he obtained over the Internet over a two-year span, which depicted real children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. U.S. Attorney Vance distinguished the case from less egregious violations: “This defendant did not just look at a few images once in his life, but used technology for years to possess hundreds of images that depict the rape and exploitation of prepubescent children.” The case was jointly investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
Possession of child pornography is serious offense, with especially damaging consequences. In addition to criminal fines, forfeiture, and lengthy prison sentences, a defendant faces lifetime registration as a sex offender, which carries implications for nearly every aspect of life thereafter. Successfully defending against a child pornography charge often entails the use of expensive forensic computer experts and the highest level of trial advocacy. If you or someone you know has been charged with this or other criminal offenses, you must make it your top priority to obtain the best legal representation possible. Call the law firm of Parkman White, LLP today at 334-792-1900 for a consultation.