Newport Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography Images
SPOKANE, WA—Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Casey Edward Murdock, age 31, of Newport, Washington, was sentenced today after having previously pleaded guilty on September 4, 2014 to Distribution of Child Pornography Images. Chief United States District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson sentenced Murdock to a five year term of imprisonment. Murdock’s five year sentence of imprisonment is to be followed by a life term of court supervision after he is released from Federal prison. In addition, Murdock will be required to register as a sex offender.
According to court records, in November of 2011, an Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent working in an online undercover capacity on a Peer to Peer (P2P) file sharing program was sent by Murdock a password to unlock Murdock’s private P2P online directories, which were determined to contain images of child pornography. As a result of further investigation, in January of 2012, the FBI executed a federal search warrant at Murdock’s residence in Deer Park, Washington and Murdock’s laptop computer and other digital items of evidence were seized. During the execution of the search warrant, Murdock confessed to distributing child pornography images via P2P using the screen name “Boycumisgood.”
Michael C. Ormsby said, “Prosecuting offenders who are distributing child pornography is a priority of the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Washington. This Office, together with its Federal and state law enforcement partners, is and will continue to be committed to prosecuting aggressively and seeking appropriate punishment for child pornography crimes.”
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the United States Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. The Project Safe Childhood Initiative (“PSC”) has five major components:
- Integrated federal, state, and local efforts to investigate and prosecute child exploitation cases, and to identify and rescue children;
- Participation of PSC partners in coordinated national initiatives;
- Increased federal enforcement in child pornography and enticement cases;
- Training of federal, state, and local law enforcement agents; and
- Community awareness and educational programs.
This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Los Angeles, Baltimore and Spokane Divisions). The case was prosecuted by Stephanie J. Lister, an Assistant United States Attorney and PSC Coordinator for the Eastern District of Washington.