U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina
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May 4, 2015

Raleigh Man Sentenced in Child Pornography Case

RALEIGH—United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today, PAUL FANTZ, 32, was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt to 100 months’ imprisonment followed by 15 years’ supervised release for receipt of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2), during his arraignment.

On March 5, 2014, a Criminal Information was filed charging FANTZ with the violation. On May 12, 2014, FANTZ pled guilty to receipt of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2).

According to the investigation, FANTZ was seen attempting to videotape a child in the men’s restroom at the North Carolina State Fair in October, 2013. He was stopped and questioned by Wake County Sheriff deputies. After admitting to the violation, FANTZ was placed under arrest and a search warrant was obtained for his Ipone and laptop. Forensic examination revealed at least 100 videos of boys urinating. Another 100 images were discovered of child pornography on the laptop.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Wake County Sheriff’s Department Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes prosecuted the case for the United States.

This case was part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level. For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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