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            SHERMAN, TX – United States Attorney Matthew D. Orwig announced today that a 66-year-old Lewisville man has been sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography in the Eastern District of Texas.

RAY SLAUGHTER pleaded guilty to using a computer to obtain and possess child pornography on January 16, 2007 and was sentenced today by United States District Judge Richard Schell.

According to information presented in court, during the course of a nation-wide investigation involving the distribution of child pornography through the internet it was revealed that Slaughter paid for a monthly subscription to a website and received numerous images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Such images included pre-pubescent children victimized by sadistic and /or masochistic sexual conduct or other violence.  Slaughter was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 12, 2006. 

This case was being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood.  In February 2006, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales 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 Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michele A. Ratcliffe.