North Carolina man sentenced to more than 17 years in prison and 20 years of supervised imprisonment on child pornography charges
Published Sunday 13 November 2022 8:49 am
A Wake County man was sentenced on October 13, 2022 to 210 months in prison followed by 20 years of supervised imprisonment for transporting and possessing child pornography. Spencer Charles Thomas Crocker, 23, of Cary, pleaded guilty to the charges on February 16, 2022.
According to court documents and other information presented in court, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received 12 cyber tips regarding uploading child pornography to Google accounts.
“The IP address was leased to Crocker’s father with an associated address in Cary,” the press release said. “Other information contained in the cyber tips led law enforcement to believe that the person who uploaded the child sexual abuse material was Crocker.”
Law enforcement obtained a search warrant for the Google account associated with the cybertips. “Within the Google account, they found more than 2,000 images and videos containing child sexual abuse material,” the publication said. “They identified the account that belonged to Crocker from photos of him and various receipts for online purchases with his information contained in that account.”
Based on evidence from the Google account, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Crocker’s home. “Crocker was present when the search warrant was executed and admitted that he was intentionally searching for child pornography on the dark web,” the publication continues. “Law enforcement learned that Crocker had Mega, Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive accounts and was executing search warrants on the contents of all accounts. They discovered over 4,500 additional images and videos containing child sexual abuse material in those accounts.”
Michael Easley, US Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after the sentencing was completed. US District Judge James C. Dever III presided over the sentencing. The Cary Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security investigated the case, and Assistant US Attorney Charity Wilson filed charges.
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