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Clinton man sentenced to 60 years for production of child pornography

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A Clinton man pled guilty to two counts of production of child pornography and was sentenced on Friday to serve 720 months in federal prison, according a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

49-year-old Michael Allen Long was implicated in a case investigated by the FBI Jackson’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenda R. Haynes prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 to combat exploitation and abuse of children called Project Safe Childhood.

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.

Along with Michael Long, of Clinton, The Department of Justice also announced on Friday the arrest or sentencing of six other predators accused in Project Safe Childhood cases from all across the nation.

Among them is Douglas John Buttikofer Jr., age 41, from Dubuque, Iowa, who admitted to distributing videos involving abuse of a toddler and committed the offense while on pre-trial release in the State of Illinois for the unlawful grooming of a minor. The judge noted Buttikofer maintained a “persistent pursuit” of child pornography, making him a danger to the community, and sentenced him 108 months, a $100 fine and 5 years of supervised release after the prison term.

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