Former GA Firefighter Sentenced To Federal Prison After Child Pornography Charges

| September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

child_abuseWords by Alyson Robinson

Former Union City firefighter, Justin D. Corley, has been charged with receiving child pornography, and was sentenced to five years in federal prison.

On February 7, 2012, federal agents conducted a search at Corley’s home in Newnan, Ga. Agents seized his laptop and completed a forensic examination of Corley’s laptop revealed that he had in excess of 9,000 photos and videos of child pornography.

“This defendant collected a large number of horrible images and videos portraying the sexual abuse of young children. The fact that he apparently traded some of these images with other collectors while he was on duty as a municipal firefighter is particularly troubling,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “Mr. Corley has justly earned a significant sentence for his role in victimizing these children and by violating his public position.”

Corley  was sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr., to 15 years of supervised release, after his five year stint in federal prison, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,000. Corley was convicted on these charges on July 9, 2013, after he pleaded guilty.

“In November 2011, the United States Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations (DHS/HSI) initiated a peer-to-peer file sharing operation in an effort to identify people in the Atlanta area who were involved in receiving or distributing child pornography via the internet. HSI investigators determined that Justin Corley made child pornography files available to other collectors using a wireless internet protocol address assigned to the Union City (Ga.) Fire Department. On January 19, 2012, a federal agent downloaded files containing child pornography from Corley who was then using an internet protocol address associated with a family member.”-United States Attorney Yates

The case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brent Alan Gray, is being investigated by Special Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. This project is a nationwide initiative put together to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood,  visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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