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Former pizza shop owner sentenced on child pornography charges

Possessed and distributed child pornography online

DETROIT - A Brighton, Mich., man was sentenced today to five years on charges of transportation and distribution of child pornography. Following his sentence, he is required to register as a sex offender and he faces supervised release for the rest of his life.

Raymond King, 68, of Brighton, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in August 2009 to three counts of sexual exploitation of children by receiving, possessing and transporting child pornography.

"People who distribute and possess child pornography are victimizing the most vulnerable members of our society" said Brian M. Moskowitz, special agent in charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Investigations in Detroit. "ICE relentlessly pursues predators who sexually abuse children, whether that abuse is physical in nature or if it's accomplished by exploiting the images of their abuse."

Terrence Berg U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and Moskowitz announced the pleas entered before U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds.

According to the investigation, ICE agents executed a federal search warrant at King's home in September 2006. While there, agents seized computers and media storage devices belonging to King. Forensic examiners found more than 200 pictures and 184 movies of child pornography on the two computers. King later admitted to receiving and distributing child pornography via the internet.

This case was investigated under Operation Predator, which is a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers. Since Operation Predator was launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 11,600 individuals.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.