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Brunswick County child pornographer sentenced to 35 years in prison


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced WILBERT ROBERT SCHMIDT, 64, of Brunswick County, North Carolina, to 420 months’ imprisonment followed by three years’ supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 21, 2009. On April 19, 2010, SCHMIDT plead guilty to two counts of production of child pornography.

On January 15, 2009, photographs were brought to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office that depicted SCHMIDT engaged in sex acts with small children. Federal and local law enforcement then went to SCHMIDT’s residence where he was arrested. Officers additionally recovered a large quantity of other illegal photos. Subsequent examination of the evidence revealed 6,432 physical images of child pornography. Of these, 6,112 were either Polaroid pictures or framed pictures taken by, or including an image of, SCHMIDT.

The investigation disclosed that SCHMIDT had sexually abused at least 20 children, beginning at ages as young as six, over a period of almost three decades, and violated state and federal child pornography laws for almost 40 years. Not all of the victims have yet been identified. Based upon this history, Judge Dever
called SCHMIDT a “predator,” and concluded that the advisory sentencing guideline range of 168-210 months was insufficient to accomplish the goals of sentencing in his case in light of SCHMIDT’S persistent criminal conduct, his sadistic abuse of children, and the huge quantity of child pornography he created and maintained.

This case was part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level. For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Exum represented the United States.


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Government out of cash...

Well, they can keep making laws for just about anything. We have legislatures making new laws all the time. Local, State, and Federal levels. There is one problem though with the approach of getting into everyones lives. Now true, this guy is a complete scum bag, no doubt. But remember, we now have 1 in 140 in prison, at a cost of 40k-80k per year. At some point in time, as prison population increases, the math doesn't work out. Meaning that it will be economically unfeasible. And last time I checked the government is running out of cash fast.

Thank you

Thank you for getting this scumbag off of the streets. He is a predator in the worst sense and even those in jail that commit some of the worst acts consider people like him the worst of the worst. My heart goes out to the children that this man abused in the worse way and I hope that they get the help they need to deal with this. In the meantime, this man should never see the light of day ever again. Put him in a hole somewhere - because he will never survive jail. He will either be made someones "girlfriend" or someone will kill him. There is little hope for people like him to be rehabilitated. His only hope is salvation through Jesus Christ and that will be the ONLY way he will change.

They should put this SOB

They should put this SOB under the jail.

Great job FBI and local law

Great job FBI and local law enforcement! One less disgusting predator in our neighborhoods. 420 months should effectively be the rest of his miserable life.