Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ralph Walls Guilty of Possessing Child Porn

A Clinton man pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of child pornography after police found child pornography images and videos on his computer in December.

Police found 15 videos and five images displaying child pornography on a computer belonging to Ralph Walls, 60, according to his plea agreement.

Walls faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for receipt of child pornography and 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography, followed by supervised release up to a life sentence, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland.

A search warrant for Walls' home was obtained in December after an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Louisiana found Walls was sharing more than 200 sexually explicit files online.

The initiative is part of Project Safe Childhood, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation.

Walls' sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 9 in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

Walls' attorney, Timothy Sullivan, did not immediately return calls Tuesday.

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