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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2007                                                                      PHONE: (409) 839-2538
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe                                                                    CELL: (409) 553-9881
                                                                                                    

JACKSONVILLE PASTOR SENTENCED FOR
POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

            TYLER TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 23-year-old Jacksonville, Texas man has been sentenced to 48 months in federal prison for possessing material involving the sexual exploitation of minors in the Eastern District of Texas.

            JOSHUA ALLEN was sentenced today by United States District Judge Leonard Davis.
           
            According to information presented in court, on September 21, 2006, Allen was employed as the Pastor of the Tyler Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Texas when authorities executed a federal search warrant at his residence, the church parsonage which was located adjacent to the church.  Two laptops computers were seized in the search.  A forensic analysis of the computers revealed more than 600 visual depictions involving minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

This case is part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC).  In February 2006, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protest 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 information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

            The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Longview Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregg A. Marchessault.

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