SPOKANE, Wash --- A Spokane man was sentenced to ten years in prison for possession of child pornography.
Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, Joseph Harrington, announced 58-year-old, Larry Fraley, of Spokane Wash. was sentenced to possession of child pornography, after he pleaded guilty on Thursday to the charge.
Chief United States District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Fraley to ten years in prison, followed by a 20-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison.
Fraley was under supervision with the Washington State Department of Corrections for the duration of this investigation, because of his 1991 conviction of first degree rape of a child in King County, according to information disclosed during the court proceedings.
In August 2016 DOC officers were conducting a review of Fraley at a halfway house on Dean Avenue in Spokane, said the U.S. Department of Justice press release. The officers observed Fraley looking at explicit images of underage boys on his computer during the review. The officers contacted the FBI after this who interviewed Fraley. Fraley admitted to searching the internet for child pornography images, said the release. The FBI seized Fraley’s computer and found almost 300 images of child pornography during an examination of it.
“The sentence handed down in this case provides just punishment for this offense and I commend the excellent work of the law enforcement officers with the Washington Department of Corrections and the FBI. Prosecuting offenders who possess child pornography is one of the priorities of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington. This office will continue to prosecute aggressively and seek appropriate punishment for child pornography crimes,” said Harrington.
This case was pursued as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, according to the release. Project Safe Childhood is led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, and it 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 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.
-Community awareness and educational programs.