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Cary child pornographer gets 15 years

Posted August 14, 2013

— 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.


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  • LastSon1981 Aug 16, 2013

    Judge Malcolm doesn't play!!

  • westconcerned Aug 15, 2013

    VickLo -- ain't no misunderstanding ...unless you meant the story on WRAL not being clear ...

  • westconcerned Aug 15, 2013

    15 years IN prison then 15 years SUPERVISED parole. Cudos to the boys Grandfather for putting a stop to this man preying on innocent children.

  • blastamasta Aug 15, 2013

    Chomos don't last too long behind bars since ~50% or more of inmates have children on the outside. Hope he likes solitary confinement, POS.

  • mm23 Aug 15, 2013

    Very misleading headline. 15 years supervised release for having the pictures, well ok. But for attemping to take a picture of a child he should get at least SOME jailtime.

  • Luv2Camp Aug 15, 2013

    Isn't there some kind of drug we can give him to stop the urges? If not, how about some sort of surgery??????

  • VickLo Aug 15, 2013

    It's all just a misunderstanding...

  • same ole story Aug 15, 2013

    Keep the cost of prisons down and just put a maximum security fence around Cary. That will keep all the molesters together. At least they won't have to pay for transportation.

  • bintheredunthat Aug 15, 2013

    Wait a minute. The way this is written is unclear. Is this 15 years in prison, THEN 15 years of supervised release, or did the judge sentence him, then change it to supervised release. Clarity please WRAL?

  • SFSOLDIER Aug 14, 2013

    Weirdo....if that had been my child he was attempting to film, he would not made it to court with all of his teeth intact.