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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
                                                                                                    

MINEOLA GETS 5 YEARS FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

            TYLER TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 24-year-old Mineola man has been sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography in the Eastern District of Texas.

            WESLEY ADAM TAYLOR was sentenced today by United States District Judge Leonard Davis.
           
            According to information presented in court, Taylor used the United States Postal Service to send two DVDs containing images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct to someone he believed would respond by providing other similar images.  Thereafter, a search warrant executed at Taylor’s residence led to the discovery of a computer that contained more than 600 images of child pornography.

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 Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alan Jackson.

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