2021 | Courts

Silver Spring man sentenced to 10 years in prison for child pornography possession

He pleaded guilty in January; had served time in prison on previous child pornography conviction

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A Silver Spring man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

John Michael Raley, 51, was convicted in U.S. District Court of Maryland in 2012 of one count each of distribution and possession of child pornography, according to a press release. He was sentenced to seven years in prison on the charges and was released in February 2019.

Raley told authorities in March 2019 that he got a secure digital memory card from someone in prison while he was incarcerated. He said the card contained pictures and videos of child pornography and that he had watched it at least three times since his release, according to his guilty plea.

An FBI examiner discovered thousands of images on the SD card, including those of boys younger than 12 and “depictions of sadistic conduct and violence,” the press release said.

Raley pleaded guilty in January to the more recent child pornography possession.

Raley must serve 10 years in prison, which will be followed by 10 years of supervised release, according to the press release.

He also must pay $9,000 in restitution and register as a sex offender anywhere he lives, works or is a student.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com