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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009                                                  PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 53-year-old Tyler man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            FREDERICK BAXTER pleaded guilty to an Information on Jan. 13, 2009, charging him with possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors and was sentenced today to 78 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Baxter also agreed to forfeit all interest in his computers which were seized. At sentencing, a victim's statement was read into the record, explaining the impact of the distribution of images of the victim's sexual exploitation on the victim's life.

            According to information presented in court, on Aug. 14, 2008, a federal search warrant was executed at Baxter's Tyler residence during which a personal computer was seized by law enforcement officers.  A forensic examination of the computer revealed visual depictions of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  The depictions had been downloaded to his computer using a file sharing software program.

            This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

            This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Longview Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.



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