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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2008                   PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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WILLS POINT MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

            TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 22-year-old Wills Point man has been sentenced to 97 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography in the Eastern District of Texas.

            WILLIAM JAMES OLIVER was sentenced today by United States District Judge Michael H. Schneider.  Oliver also agreed to the forfeiture of his personal computer.

            According to information presented in court, on March 28, 2007, law enforcement officers seized a personal computer belonging to Oliver at his Wills Point residence.  A forensic analysis of the computer revealed that it contained approximately 55 digital images and 35 video clips involving minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Oliver pleaded guilty to charges of possessing child pornography on November 29, 2007.

            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.  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/.

            This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Longview Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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