Pocatello man sentenced to federal prison for transporting child pornography

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The following is a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the district of Idaho.

POCATELLO – Craig Marshall Grayson, 31, of Pocatello, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 151 months in prison, followed by eight years of supervised release, for transportation of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.

U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also ordered Grayson to pay a $5,000 fine, pay $5,100 in special assessments and forfeit the computer and storage devices used in the commission of the charged offense. Grayson pleaded guilty to the crime in September.

According to the plea agreement, law enforcement agents downloaded four sexually exploitative videos of a minor from an individual later identified as Grayson between July 5 and August 12, 2016. A search of Grayson’s home and computer devices revealed his additional possession of approximately 978 images and 65 videos of child pornography.

“This sentence is just punishment for Mr. Grayson’s criminal conduct,” said Davis. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is dedicated to prosecuting and seeking long sentences for individuals who obtain, possess, view and share child pornography.”

“Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is committed to bringing to justice those who sexually exploit children,” said Bradford A. Bench, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Seattle.

“This case exemplifies the long reach of HSI, and its ability to coordinate and pursue investigative efforts that lead to predators like Grayson to be sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence.”

The case was investigated by HSI and the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please click here.

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