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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2007                                    PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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(LUFKIN, TX)           United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 23-year-old Lufkin man has been sentenced to 80 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography in the Eastern District of Texas. 

MICHAEL HEINSOHN pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on May 18, 2007 and was sentenced today to 80 months in federal prison by United States District Judge Ron Clark.

            According to information presented in court, on December 20, 2006 the Lufkin Police Department executed a search warrant that resulted in the seizure of Heinsohn’s personal computers which contained child pornography.  Heinsohn was arrested and indicted on charges of possessing child pornography on March 6, 2007.
            This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit //
            This case was investigated by the Federal bureau of Investigation and the Lufkin Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Flournoy. 



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