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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2007                                            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER               
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            (MARSHALL, TX)                United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 56-year-old Cason, Texas man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in the Eastern District of Texas.

RICHARD EMERY OAKES, JR. pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography today before United States Magistrate Judge Chad Everingham.

According to evidence presented in court by prosecutors, at his residence in Cason, Texas, Oakes used a personal computer to access the Internet through an Internet Service Provider.  He then used this computer to receive, send and view visual depictions involving minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  On January 18, 2007, a federal search warrant was executed at this residence and the personal computer was seized.  Forensic analysis of the computer and disks revealed at least 10 images 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

Oakes 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 Secret Service and the Longview Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregg A. Marchessault.


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