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Keeping Your Kids Safe: Downloading Child ‘Grooming’ Video Gets Miss. Man Eight Years

HATTIESBURG, Miss.–Downloading hundreds of videos of child pornography, including a ‘grooming’ video, has landed William E. Conley, 40, of Hattiesburg, in the state prison for the next eight years. Conley got a 40-year sentence, with all but eight suspended, said Atty. Gen. Jim Hood.

If you’re a parent, some of what was found on Conley’s computer could be pretty scary.

“One example of a video found in the possession of the defendant included a training video cartoon wherein the cartoon girl performs oral sex on an adult male,” said a news release from Hood’s office. “At the end of the cartoon, confetti and balloons shoot off and shows the little girl giving thumbs up and the words “end of lesson” are shown. This cartoon is used for the sexual grooming of young children.”

Grooming is a process that child predators use to train children to perform sexual acts without telling.

“Our case against this defendant was based on an undercover investigation which showed he was downloading and sharing hundreds of videos of child pornography, including molestation and grooming videos,” said Hood.  “We appreciate Judge (Robert) Helfrich for slamming the prison doors on another child predator.”

The children on the videos ranged from ages three to 11.  The videos, downloaded using the file sharing program ‘Shareaza”, are extremely graphic.

Conley must also pay $1,000 to the children’s trust fund, $1,000 to the crime victim’s compensation fund and register as a sex offender.

The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn.

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