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Bridgewater Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney
605-357-2360

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Bridgewater, South Dakota, man charged with possessing child pornography was sentenced on April 5, 2011, by US District Judge Lawrence L. Piersol. Kevin Clent Houston, age 45, was sentenced to 120 months of imprisonment.

Houston was indicted for Possession of Child Pornography by a federal grand jury on January 5, 2010. The investigation of Houston began in Wisconsin where law enforcement was investigating him for sexual assault of a minor. A search of his residence in Bridgewater, South Dakota, in August 2009 led to the discovery of thousands of images of child pornography on two computer hard drives. Houston admitted his guilt for possessing the images of child pornography and pled guilty to the charge on November 18, 2010. Houston also pled guilty to the Wisconsin charge of sexually assaulting a minor under 13 years old and is scheduled to be sentenced for that conviction on April 25.

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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