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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2007                                      PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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TEACHER COACH GUILTY OF POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

            SHERMAN, TX - United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 39-year-old former teacher and soccer coach has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in the Eastern District of Texas.

ROBERT LAMASCUS, of Frisco, pleaded guilty to possession of visual depictions of minors involved in sexually explicit conduct today before United States Magistrate Judge Don Bush.

According to evidence presented in court by prosecutors, Lamascus used a personal computer to receive and possess several video clips and visual depictions of child pornography through his internet account.  Lamascus admitted to possessing between 300 and 600 visual depictions of children involved in sexually explicit conduct.  Many of these images contain victims who have previously been identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and depict prepubescent children portrayed in sadistic or masochistic 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/.

Lamascus faces up to ten years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.  

This case is being investigated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michele A. Ratcliffe.

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