According to Russell's guilty plea, after Russell exchanged e-mails containing images documenting the sexual abuse of children with another person, in Fresno, Calif., agents obtained a search warrant for Russell's e-mail accounts which contained images of child pornography. After obtaining a search warrant for Russell's home, agents seized four desktop computers and two laptops.
Forensic analysis of the computers located at Russell's residence revealed over 2,000 still images of child pornography, including images documenting the sexual abuse of prepubescent children. Forensic analysis also identified over 600 e-mails sent by Russell containing child pornography and over 900 e-mails with attached files depicting child pornography that were received by Russell.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U. S. attorneys' offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Details about Maryland's program are available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.
U. S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised ICE, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Anne Arundel County Police Department for their investigative work. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg prosecuted the case.