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Date: 07-29-2022

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United States of America v. Eric Werner Johansson

Case Number: 5:21-cr-00389-M

Judge: Richard E. Myers, II

Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (New Hanover County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Wilmington, North Carolina criminal law lawyer represented defendant charged with possession of child pornography.

Eric Werner Johansson, 59, a Morrisville resident, on March 8, 2022, the defendant pled guilty to transportation and possession of child pornography.

Agents with the Department of Homeland Security discovered a chat room on the dark web dedicated to child pornography. Using an explicit username, Johansson was observed in the chat room uploading links that connected to images of child pornography. In addition, Johansson was discussing his sexual arousal of such materials and fantasizing about sexually abusing children.

The investigation revealed that Homeland Security agents as well as Wake County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the State Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at Johansson’s residence on November 4, 2020. He admitted to viewing child sexual abuse material for a period of ten years. He admitted he had posted links to child pornography and had discussed his fantasies about sexually abusing children. Johansson further admitted being sexually aroused by child pornography.

A forensic examination of his digital devices revealed over 1,400 images and 30 videos of child sexual abuse material. These images and files included depictions of infants and toddlers being sexually abused and sadistic and masochistic conduct.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after the sentencing hearing was concluded. Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II presided over the case. The Department of Homeland Security, Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Charity Wilson prosecuted the case.

Outcome: Bureau of Prisons -150 months as to each count to run concurrent - Supervised Release - 3 years as to each count to run concurrent with special conditions imposed - Special Assessment - $100.00 as to each count due in full immediately - Restitution deferred 90 days - Recommendations by the Court: Receive intensive substance abuse treatment - Mental health assessment and treatment - Vocational and educational opportunities - Medical evaluation - Place of incarceration at Butner or facility close to family.

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