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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

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TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008                                                     PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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MABANK MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(TYLER, TX)             United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 56-year-old Mabank, Texas man has been sentenced to 210 months in federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            HARRISON JACK HAVENS, JR. was convicted during trial on November 14, 2007, of one count of transporting or shipping child pornography and four counts of possession of child pornography.  He was sentenced today by United States District Judge Leonard Davis.

            According to information presented in court, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) notified the Texas Attorney General's Office that an image containing child pornography had been emailed via America On-Line on January 15, 2005 from Haven's email address.  A search warrant was executed at Havens' home, during which a personal computer and numerous CDs, DVDs, and video tapes were recovered that were found to contain more than 600 images or visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  Havens was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 4, 2007 and charged with transporting or shipping child pornography and possession of child pornography.

            This case is part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC).  In February 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Lead 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/ .

            This case was investigated by the Texas Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit and the U.S. Marshal Service and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Wannarka.
           
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