The opinion of the court was delivered by: John M. Gerrard United States District Judge
PRELIMINARY ORDER OF FORFEITURE
This matter is before the Court on the plaintiff's Motion for Issuance of Preliminary Order of Forfeiture (filing 53). The indictment in this case (filing 1) charged the defendant with, among other things, knowingly possessing or attempting to possess one or more items which contained visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2252(a)(4)(B) and (b)(2). The indictment contained a forfeiture allegation seeking the forfeiture, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2253, of a 1GB HP memory stick, a COMPAQ Presario laptop (S/N:CND7132G1C) with power cable, and an Asus Eee Netbook (S/N:9A0AAS445241) with power cord. Filing 1.
The defendant has pled guilty to the relevant count of the indictment, and admitted the forfeiture allegation. Filings 48 and 52. By virtue of pleading guilty to the charge and admitting the forfeiture allegation, the defendant has forfeited his interest in the property, and the plaintiff should be entitled to possession of the property pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2253. Therefore, the plaintiff's motion for preliminary order of forfeiture is granted.
1. The plaintiff's Motion for Issuance of Preliminary Order of Forfeiture (filing 53) is granted.
2. Based upon the defendant's guilty plea and admission of the forfeiture allegation of the indictment, the plaintiff is authorized to seize the 1GB HP memory stick, COMPAQ Presario laptop (S/N:CND7132G1C) with power cable, and Asus Eee Netbook (S/N:9A0AAS445241) with power cord.
3. The defendant's interest in the property is forfeited to the plaintiff for disposition in accordance with law, subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. § 2253.
4. The property is to be held by the plaintiff in its secure custody and control.
5. Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2253, the plaintiff shall publish for at least thirty consecutive days on an official Internet government forfeiture site (www.forfeiture.gov) notice of this order, notice of publication evidencing the plaintiff's intent to dispose of the property in such manner as the Attorney General may direct, and notice that any person, other than the defendant, having or claiming a legal interest in the property must file a petition with the court within thirty days of the final publication of notice or of receipt of actual notice, whichever is earlier.
6. Such published notice shall state that the petition referred to in paragraph 5, above, shall be for a hearing to adjudicate the validity of the petitioner=s alleged interest in the property, shall be signed by the petitioner under penalty of perjury, and shall set forth the nature and extent of the petitioner's right, title, or interest in the property and any additional facts supporting the petitioner=s claim and relief sought.
7. The plaintiff may also, to the extent practicable, provide direct written notice to any person known to have alleged an interest in the property as a substitute for published notice as to those persons so notified.
8. Upon adjudication of all third-party interests, this Court will enter a final order of forfeiture pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2253, in which all interests will be addressed.