A 23-year-old Columbia man was sentenced in federal court today to 10 years after he pled guilty to child pornography charges.
Michael Giuliano will be on supervised release for the rest of his life after completing the 10-year federal prison term. According to reports, Giuliano was identified by law enforcement officials when they used free file-sharing programs to download images Giuliano made available to the public on his computer.
Giuliano was arrested in June 2009 and has been in custody since. Additional state charges against Giuliano for alleged lewd acts and criminal sexual conduct with minors are currently pending in Richland County.
The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Dean A. Eichelberger of the Columbia office handled the case.
This case stemmed from Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys Offices, the initiative marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims.