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COLUMBIA — Wallace M. Bryant Jr., 27, of Easley, will be sentenced March 19 at 2 p.m. at the Federal Building in Greenville. Senior United States District Judge Henry M. Herlong Jr. will preside.


Evidence presented at the trial established that federal agents conducting online investigations downloaded multiple videos that Bryant was sharing using a peer-to-peer software program. This software allows users on a network to communicate directly with computers on the network.


Agents downloaded child pornography from Bryant on Nov. 21, 2011, Dec. 1, 2011, and Jan. 12, 2012. Based on these downloads, agents obtained a search warrant for Bryant’s home in Easley.


Agents executed the search warrant on Feb. 1, 2012, and seized multiple computers. A forensic examination of the computers revealed over 40 videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The examination also showed that Bryant was distributing these videos to other users of the network.


After the two-day trial in November 2013, a jury found Bryant guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography. Bryant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years on the possession count, and 20 years on each of the distribution counts.


The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Bill Watkins of the Greenville office handled the case.


This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

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