Wake County man sentenced to 20 years in prison for child pornography charges

Published 4:47 pm Thursday, November 17, 2022

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From U.S. Attorney Michael Easley / Eastern District of North Carolina

NEW BERN, N.C. –– Dale Ingold, 67, of Raleigh, North Carolina was sentenced today to 240 months imprisonment followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possessing child pornography.  He admitted that he had been accessing child pornography since 1989, which was substantiated by Homeland Security’s location of 67,581 images and 1,505 videos files on his digital devices. Ingold pleaded guilty on December 13, 2021, to Possession of Child Pornography.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Ingold was discovered accessing child pornography while at work.  His employer reported the activity to the Cary Police Department.  Ingold denied accessing child pornography to both his employer and to law enforcement, however, he was immediately fired from his job.  When agents with Homeland Security went to Ingold’s residence and asked to speak to him, he admitted to his longstanding efforts to possess child pornography.  Furthermore, he allowed law enforcement to collect digital devices from his home that were later analyzed and found to have the large cache of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after the sentencing was concluded.  U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan presided over the sentencing.  Cary Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Charity Wilson prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on our website. Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:20-CR-00130-FL