Guilford County Man Sentenced for Distribution of Child Pornography

GREENSBORO – A North Carolina man was sentenced on July 1, 2021, to 188 months in prison for distribution of child pornography.

Christian Dean Hall, 35, was indicted in October, 2020, on one count of distribution and attempted distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of images containing child pornography. He later pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography on December 17, 2020.

According to court documents, in April, 2020, an online covert employee (OCE) encountered Hall after graphic messages were sent in a group chat on the app Kik. After engaging directly with Hall, the OCE asked Hall if he had any child pornography in his collection.  In response, Hall sent multiple videos to the OCE containing child pornography. Investigators obtained Hall’s name, email, and address and discovered that he was a Visual Arts teacher at Gate City Charter Academy in Greensboro. Upon execution of a search warrant at Hall’s residence in Greensboro, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations discovered hundreds of photos and videos containing child pornography on multiple accounts and devices. After initially denying that he was part of the conversation with the OCE, Hall later admitted sharing graphic content involving minors despite knowing that it was illegal to do so.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Greensboro Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kennedy Gates and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole R. Dupre.

The case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse. The initiative is led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), and focuses on coordinating federal, state, and local resources to better identify 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

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