U.S. States Attorney General Bill Nettles announced today that a federal grand jury in Greenville returned indictments of three men charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.
Robert Bullard, Walter Alexander and James Newton have been indicted on the following
*Bullard, 59, of Spartanburg charged with possession and distribution of child pornography
*Alexander, 30, of Travelers Rest charged with possession and receipt of child pornography
*Newton, 54, of Easley charged with possession and distribution of child pornography
If convicted, child pornography carries a 20 year prison sentence, along with a maximum fine of $250,000. Distribution and receipt carries not less than five years and not more than 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
Project Safe Childhood is a fairly new program developed by the Department of Justice that focuses on risk assessment faced by children from child pornography, online enticement, child sex tourism, commercial sexual exploitation, and sexual exploitation in Indian Country.
According to their website, the National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction builds upon "combating child exploitation by establishing specific, aggressive goals and priorities and increasing cooperation and collaboration at all levels of government and the private sector."
The program played a major role in the indictments, and should prove effective in catching many more who deal and receive pornographic material featuring children.