Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that Wallen Olrun, Jr., 30, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess to five years in prison, to be followed by a 20-year term of supervised release, for possession of child pornography. Olrun pleaded guilty to the charge on March 29, 2016.
According to court documents and arguments made during yesterday’s sentencing hearing, on June 28, 2015, law enforcement connected with the defendant’s computer through an internet file-sharing service and downloaded five files of child pornography. A second connection with the defendant’s computer was made on July 5, 2015. During this second session, the FBI downloaded a file of child pornography.
On Aug. 6, 2015, law enforcement executed a search of the defendant’s residence. Located on the defendant’s phone and computer were 3,500 files of child pornography, including images of children as young as 2 to 4 years old, as well as images and videos showing sadistic and masochistic conduct. During a later interview, the defendant admitted to searching for and downloading images of child pornography, saying that he started downloading images from the internet in 2010.
In sentencing the defendant, Judge Burgess addressed the seriousness of the defendant’s crime, noting the impact the defendant’s downloading and possessing of child pornography had on the victims shown in the images. “What you have done has had a tremendous impact on some of these children,” said Judge Burgess, “this is something they will have to live with for the rest of their lives.” According to Judge Burgess, the defendant’s crimes contributed to the marketplace of individuals molesting children, and taking pictures and videos of those acts. “The only reason this material is generated is because people like you like to look at it,” said Judge Burgess.
This case was investigated and prosecuted by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, and the Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The Alaska ICAC is a task force managed by the Anchorage Police Department comprised of agents from federal, military, state, and local agencies. The purpose of the Alaska ICAC is to investigate online child exploitation crimes, including child pornography, enticement, and sex trafficking.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov, or contact the District of Alaska’s Project Safe Childhood Coordinator at (907) 271-5071.