Lewes business owner sentenced in child porn case

WILMINGTON — A 54-year-old Lewes business owner was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison on child pornography charges Thursday, the United States Attorney for the District of Delaware announced.

John B. Alwood will serve 10 years of supervised release following incarceration, according to the sentence of Chief U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

Based on documents filed and statements made in open court, U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss said, Mr. Alwood, co-owner of the Lewes Daily Market, viewed child pornography several hours a day, every day, for 10 years. Pornographic videos playing in live-stream child pornography groups viewed by Alwood included, but were not limited to, the rape of prepubescent children, the U.S. Attorney said.

U.S. Attorney Weiss said about the sentencing, “The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware is committed to protecting the most vulnerable among us – our children – from the abhorrent shadow industry that produces, distributes, and collects child pornography and from those who lurk in its base marketplace.”

“HSI special agents remain committed to targeting and arresting child predators engaged in this terrible crime,” said Marlon V. Miller, special agent in charge of HSI Philadelphia. “We owe it to the young victims to make certain that these offenders pay a high price for their wrongdoings.”

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations within the federal Department of Homeland Security. Assistant U.S. Attorney Graham Robinson prosecuted the case.

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