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June 26, 2015

Gwinnett County Man Goes to Prison for Downloading Child Pornography

ATLANTA—Samuel London has been sentenced to eight years and four months in federal prison for downloading child pornography. London’s computer contained thousands of files containing child pornography including images depicting the sexual abuse of infants and toddlers.

“It is beyond belief that anyone could enjoy watching the sexual abuse of infants and toddlers,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn. “This defendant’s conduct fueled the production and trade of this disgusting material.”

“This sentencing of Mr. London removes from our community an individual who has consistently demonstrated his willingness to exploit vulnerable children through child pornography. This case not only reflects the commitment of law enforcement to aggressively pursue these types of cases but also illustrates why we need to,” said J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Horn, the charges and other information presented in court: In August 2013, law enforcement officers in Maryland seized a website that was used by individuals to advertise and distribute child pornography and to discuss the sexual abuse of children. That investigation led to a target in Michigan, who admitted to FBI agents that he had sexually abused his three-year-old daughter while using Skype so that a couple in Georgia could watch the abuse.

FBI agents determined that the couple—Samuel London and Heather Dalton—lived in Sugar Hill, Georgia. FBI agents executed a search warrant at their home on January 24, 2014. Agents found thousands of files containing child pornography on a computer belonging to London, with many of the images depicting the sexual abuse of infants and toddlers.

Samuel London, 30, of Sugar Hill, Georgia, has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison to be followed by ten years of supervised release. London was convicted on these charges on April 2, 2015, after he pleaded guilty.

Heather Dalton is being prosecuted by the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office on charges of child molestation.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul R. Jones prosecuted the case.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Attorney General launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices around the country, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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