Former Army Soldier Sentenced To 12 Years In Federal Prison For Production of Child Pornography

February 5, 2019

U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang today sentenced Frank Crawford III, 22, formerly of Virginia, to 12 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for receipt of child pornography in which he enticed a minor victim to send him sexually explicit photos of herself. Upon his release from prison, Crawford must register as a sex offender in the places where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans.

According to his plea agreement, over a period of four to five days, Crawford, then 21 years old and enlisted in the U.S. Army, had sexualized discussions with a 14-year-old Maryland victim. On May 4, 2017, Crawford persuaded the victim to send him sexually explicit images of herself. Crawford admitted that he and the victim used an interactive live chat service to engage in sexually explicit conduct. Crawford further admitted that he knew the victim was a minor.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.

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United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the FBI and the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for their work in this investigation and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph R. Baldwin, who is prosecuting the case.

8 Responses to Former Army Soldier Sentenced To 12 Years In Federal Prison For Production of Child Pornography

  1. Rob Stark on February 5, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Hope they bring a dump truck to collect them, they’ll need it

  2. Gary B on February 5, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Have fun in jail pervert

  3. You Gotta Love That Social Media! on February 6, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Was it worth it?

    I guess the only good news for this guy is that he will be out in less than 5 years.

    And congrats – he made the SORNA perv hit parade!

  4. Anonymous on February 6, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    please keep in mind that you don’t know whats in an e-mail until you open it up, and you don’t know whats on a website until you access it.

    • Anonymous on February 8, 2019 at 8:37 am

      Yes but you do know if you are intentionally chatting up a 14 year old and persuading them to send naked pictures. This guy should have pervert tattooed across his forehead and be sent into general population. As for your excuse, I have been using computers and online for 24 years. I have never stumbled onto any webpage with illegal content and I have never received any emails with illegal content. If this happens to you often you need to stop searching for whatever it is your searching for and get a new group of friends if they regularly send you illegal illicit content. Once it is on your hard drive you are responsible for it.

      • Anonymous on February 11, 2019 at 2:31 pm

        sorry, thats not an adequate response. thats just great that you’re a goody two-shoes, and you’ve never encountered illegal content. Ok, congratulations. tap your shoes together 3 times and say theres no place like home theres no place like home theres no place like home. nothing happened? what? what a rip off.

      • Anonymous on February 12, 2019 at 6:59 pm

        whew — I’m glad this storys still here. it would be nice to know how to get something on the hard drive

  5. Davis, Melissa, loooking at a doll on February 8, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Judges are non-partisan, school board (board of education) is non-partisan, and most municipalities are non-partisan. Good question: why are these offices non-partisan? Good question: should more offices be non-partisan? If judges are np, and part of the criminal justice system, should all elected offices within the cjs be non-partisan, including States Attorney, Attorney General and Sheriff? Its a solemn, somber day.