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Repeat Offender, Ted Zane Little, 49, Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Prison in Child Pornography Case

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Repeat Offender, Ted Zane Little, 49, Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Prison in Child Pornography Case

Post  Gary Dee on Mon 2 Jul - 15:16

PORTLAND, OR—A convicted sex offender who was already on supervised release following a prior federal child pornography conviction was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to a new child pornography charge. U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown sentenced Ted Zane Little, 49, of Portland, to a total of 136 months in prison, followed by a life term of supervised release, following his plea of guilty to possessing child pornography. Little will be subject to stringent conditions of supervision, including a prohibition on associating with minors, and restrictions on his use of computers. Little will also be required to participate in mental health and sex offender treatment, and must register as a sex offender.

In 1993, Little was convicted in Washington County of attempted sexual abuse in the first degree in connection with an incident involving a very young girl. In 2006, he was convicted of possession of child pornography in federal court in Portland. He was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, in that case. In April 2011, while he was still on supervised release following his prior federal conviction, his U.S. Probation Officer learned that Little had acquired an Internet-capable smart phone and a new laptop computer, in violation of the conditions of his supervised release. The probation officer determined that Little had acquired and downloaded hundreds of images of child pornography onto the computer. A forensic examination of the computer revealed more than 600 images and eight videos depicting children being sexually abused by adults.

In imposing the sentence, Judge Brown noted that her “paramount concern” was the safety of the community. She balanced the need to protect the public against Little’s history of mental health issues, and his “egregious” conduct in this case. Judge Brown noted the serious nature of child pornography offenses, including the horrible abuse suffered by the children depicted in the images and videos, and the fact that they are victimized anew each time the images are traded, downloaded, or viewed. Little’s possession and viewing of child pornography, she noted, was “a threat to children everywhere.”

Judge Brown sentenced Little to 10 years in prison in the new child pornography case, and an additional 16 months in prison for violating the conditions of supervised release in the prior case. The two sentences were ordered to run consecutively to one another. Judge Brown urged the federal Bureau of Prisons to afford Little all available mental health and sex offender treatment during his term of imprisonment. Little said nothing during the sentencing hearing.

U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall noted, “Child pornography, or as I prefer to call it, child abuse images, involves children of all ages, including infants, who are abused in the production of these pictures. We estimate that pornographers have recorded the abuse of more than one million children in the United States alone. This is a deplorable crime and as a repeat offender, this defendant poses a risk to the community that more than justifies the sentence imposed by the court.”

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 and led by United States 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.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in coordination with the U.S. Probation Office, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Sussman, Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon.


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