A 27-year-old Elgin man pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbia today to possession of child pornography.
Jeff Galardo will be sentenced by U.S. Judge Joseph Anderson at a later date, said acting U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Kevin McDonald.
This case was developed out of Operation Flicker, a national child pornography investigation conducted by federal law enforcement. That investigation identified web sites that sold access web sites offering images of child pornography. These sites used online credit card payment services to effect payment. Federal agents obtained payment records from these services to identify people who had paid to access the sites. This evidence led to Galardo, McDonald said.
During the investigation, a search of Galardo’s computer turned up 72 movies depicting children in sexually explicit settings, McDonald said.
The maximum penalty Galardo can receive is a fine of $250,000 and imprisonment for ten years.
The case was investigated by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant United States Attorney Dean A. Eichelberger of the Columbia office handled the case.
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. For more information, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
— John Monk