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December 12, 2013
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Man gets nine-year prison term for child pornography

Jarrod Allen Pounds, 28, was sentenced to 110 months in prison. He pleaded guilty in September to possession of child pornography. Pounds possessed approximately 7,500 images and 40 videos of child pornography on his laptop computer and external computer hard drives, according to federal officials.

Two other northern Nevada men also were sentenced this week for similar crimes, said Daniel G. Bogden, United States attorney for the District of Nevada.

Matthew Kevin Cowee, 41, of Sparks, was sentenced on Monday to 97 months, and Byron Trent Davis, 48, of Reno, was sentenced Tuesday to 63 months in prison.

The cases were unrelated and prosecuted separately.

According to the criminal complaint, Pounds was a suspect following an undercover operation conducted by a special deputy U.S. marshal assigned to investigate online child sexual exploitation.

Officers executed a federal search warrant for his residence in the 1300 block of Patricia Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos on June 6.

Residents of the home identified Pounds’ bedroom and laptop computer, where investigators found several external hard drives which contained backup copies of his computer hard drive.

Within the backup copy, the investigator located “what appeared to be thousands of videos and images containing child pornography and child erotica,” according to the complaint.

While the search was being conducted, Pounds was interviewed by a Washoe County Sheriff’s deputy at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

He reportedly admitted using file-sharing software, but denied downloading child pornography.

As a result of his conviction, Pounds must forfeit his computer and miscellaneous hard drives.

“As these cases demonstrate, federal and local law enforcement will work together to put child predators behind bars,” Bogden said. “These lengthy prison sentences should serve as a warning to other child predators. We are looking for you, and we will find you, arrest you and ensure that you are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Cowee pleaded guilty in August to receipt of child pornography. Cowee possessed over 15,000 images and 200 videos containing child pornography on his computer and computer hard drives.

Davis pleaded guilty in August to possession by accessing with the intent to view child pornography. Davis accessed and viewed approximately 100 videos and 100 images of child pornography on his desktop computer.

Following release from prison, Cowee and Pounds will be placed on lifetime supervised release. Davis will be placed on supervised release for 15 years. All three will be required to register as convicted sex offenders.

The cases were investigated by the Northern Nevada Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which includes the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carla Higginbotham.

The cases were 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, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For information about PSC, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.


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