Simon Walker Sentenced for Advertising Videos and Images

Simon Walker Sentenced for Advertising Videos and Images

Simon Walker Sentenced for Advertising Videos and Images of Children Being Sexually Abused

(STL.News) A Washington, D.C., man was sentenced today to over 17 years in prison for advertising videos and images of children being sexually abused.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin of the District of Columbia and Special Agent in Charge James A. Dawson of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement.

Simon Walker, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Carl J. Nichols of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Walker pleaded guilty on Oct. 8, 2019, to one count of advertising child pornography.  In addition to his prison sentence, he was sentenced to 20 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to the victims.

According to admissions made in connection with his plea agreement and other court filings, Walker was the creator and administrator of online chat groups devoted to the trading of child pornography.  In addition to uploading images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, Walker encouraged other members of the groups to distribute child pornography, warning them that they would be removed from the groups if they did not contribute to the online community of offenders, and encouraged the ongoing sexual abuse of an infant by a co-administrator.

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