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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2007                            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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RUSK MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

            TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 42-year-old Rusk man has been sentenced to 97 months in federal prison for possessing material involving the sexual exploitation of minors in the Eastern District of Texas.

            GORDON NEAL MATHIS was sentenced today by United States District Judge Leonard Davis.

According to information presented in court, in November 2006, law enforcement authorities were notified that Mathis was in possession of child pornography.  Pursuant to a consent to search, officers seized computers and compact disks from Mathis' residence for forensic analysis.  This analysis revealed more than 300 digital images and 10 video clips involving minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
           
            This case is being 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 //www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Longview Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregg A. Marchessault.

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