Thursday, June 21, 2012

Forsyth County Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Distribution, Receipt, and Possession of Child Pornography

Googins Caught with More Than 120,000 Images

GAINESVILLE, GA—A man who used a computer file sharing program and the screen name “fallenone666” to trade child pornography was sentenced today by United States District Judge Richard W. Story to serve five years in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates of the Northern District of Georgia. Andrew John Googins, 29, of Cumming, Georgia, pleaded guilty to distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography on February 3, 2012.

“This defendant collected an enormous number—more than 120,000—of horrible images and videos portraying the sexual abuse of young children,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “Googins amassed the collection using computer software and shared the pornography over the Internet with other offenders. He has justly earned a significant sentence for his role in victimizing these children.”

Sheriff Ted Paxton said, “The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office remains steadfast in its resolve to aggressively combat child sexual exploitation. Through collaborative efforts of local, state, and federal agencies working together, we can make a difference.”

Googins’s five-year prison sentence will followed by supervised release for the rest of his life.

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: Googins was arrested in October 2010 as the result of a joint investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During the initial stages of the investigation, an FBI task force officer acting in an undercover capacity downloaded images and videos of child pornography from Googins, who was then only identified by the screen name fallenone666. The graphic images were traced to Googins’s residence in Cumming, Georgia. Agents and officers executed a search warrant at the residence and seized Googins’s laptop computer, which contained file sharing software and more than 120,000 images of child pornography.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant United States Attorney Brent Alan Gray prosecuted the case.

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