BREVARD, N.C. MAN SENTENCED TO 17 YEARS IN PRISON ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced today Robert Joseph Lamb, 30, of Brevard, N.C., to 207 months in prison on child pornography charges, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Lamb, a/k/a “Ezra,” was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release and was ordered to register as a sex offender.
U.S. Attorney Rose is joined in making today’s announcement by Special Agent in Charge Alan K. Flora of SBI Computer Crimes Unit and Commander of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Sheriff David Mahoney of the Transylvania County Sheriffs Office and Chief Tammy Llooper of the Asheville Police Department.
According to filed documents and statements made in court, on or about January 7, 2014, the Transylvania County Sheriffs Office received a tip that Lamb possessed images and videos of child pornography. A deputy with the sheriffs office acting in an undercover capacity first contacted Lamb via the Internet. In a subsequent phone conversation, Lamb told the officer that he possessed child pornography and the two arranged to meet after the undercover officer expressed an interest in viewing Lamb’s child pornography collection. According to court records, Lamb met the undercover officer and the two went to Lamb’s residence, where Lamb proceeded to show the officer numerous images and videos of child pornography.
Court records show that Lamb had an extensive collection of child pornography, some of which depicted children under the age of five being sexually abused by adults. According to court records, over the course of the meeting, Lamb expressed an interest in engaging in sexual contact with young children. Lamb discussed with the undercover officer the idea of kidnapping, sexually abusing and murdering a child. According to court records, when the undercover officer told Lamb that he had a six-year-old daughter, Lamb offered to pay the officer to engage in sexual contact with her, and gave the officer $100 as “down payment.”
On October 31, 2014, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Lamb’s residence. A forensic analysis of devices seized from Lamb’s residence revealed that Lamb possessed an extensive collection of child pornography, consisting of 816 images and 72 videos. According to