North Carolina man sentenced to four years in federal prison, 10 years supervised release for possessing child pornography

Published 5:46 am Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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A Raleigh man was sentenced Wednesday, February 23, 2022 to 48 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for possessing child pornography, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. Bryan Cameron Haywood Hawkins, 37, pleaded guilty to the charges on October 14, 2021.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Hawkins possessed 1,274 videos and 1,931 images of child pornography when law enforcement searched his home in June 2020.

“Law enforcement began investigating Hawkins in 2020 after receiving a cybertip that Hawkins had stored suspected child pornography in his internet cloud storage account,” stated the release. “Law enforcement obtained a search warrant for Hawkins’s home in Raleigh and found child pornography on several devices, including cellphones and tablets, owned by Hawkins. Hawkins admitted to possessing the child pornography when he was interviewed by agents.”

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Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Raleigh Police Department and the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the case with assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parris prosecuted the case.