TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Gregory Carroll Johnson, 40, of Tallahassee, Fla., Has been sentenced to twenty years in federal prison for conspiring to produce, distribute, possess and receive child pornography. The sentence, which followed his guilty plea earlier this year, was announced by Jason R. Coody, acting United States attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
Court documents reflect, in July 2019, local, state and federal law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at Johnson’s residence in Tallahassee. Evidence showed Johnson received child pornography from an individual in Atlanta. During the search, however, authorities found messages on Johnson’s phone demonstrating that Johnson and his co-defendant Madison King had also conspired to produce child pornography. Evidence recovered included short video clips and photos King had taken and passed on to Johnson depicting the sexual abuse of a toddler. Florida investigators quickly obtained emergency legal proceedings to locate King and contacted their Georgian counterparts. On the same day, Homeland Security Investigations, along with the Berrien County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office, raided King’s residence in Nashville, Georgia, after which the child was rescued.
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“There is no greater burden than protecting our children,” Acting US Attorney Coody said. “This sentence is another example of the unwavering commitment to protect our most vulnerable and should have a significant deterrent effect on those who would attempt to harm them. Our law enforcement partners are to be commended for the swift investigation in several states, which resulted in the immediate rescue of this child, preventing further abuse. “
“During this investigation, a child was rescued from this predator thanks to the HSI partnerships at our offices in Philadelphia, Atlanta and here in Tallahassee,” said Deputy Special Agent in charge of HSI Tampa, Micah McCombs.
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“There is no crime worse than crimes against our children,” said Berrien County Sheriff Ray Paulk. “I would like to thank our investigators and our district attorney’s office for acting swiftly and effectively in this case to ensure the safety of this child. I also want to thank all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies who worked together to make a case like this priority. “We couldn’t be more grateful to Acting US Attorney Jason Coody and his team for securing another conviction in this case, making the world a safer place for our children.”
Johnson’s jail sentence will be followed by ten years of supervised release. He will also have to register as a sex offender and will be subject to all conditions relating to sex offenders.
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This conviction is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Meredith L. Steer and Michelle Spaven continued the case.