Cary child pornographer gets 15 years
Posted August 14, 2013
Cary, N.C. — A Cary man convicted of child pornography was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard also ordered John Warren Courtney, 47, to serve 15 years of supervised release and pay a $4,000 fine.
Courtney pleaded guilty to a February charge of receipt of child pornography. Investigators said he had nearly 5,000 pictures and videos of children engaging in sex acts.
Courtney was arrested trying to photograph a 9-year-old who was urinating in a public bathroom at Adventure Landing in Raleigh.
A news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker, whose office prosecuted the case, said the investigation was part of Project Safe Childhood, a national program aimed at helping prosecute criminals who exploit children. The investigation was conducted by Raleigh police and the FBI.