United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2009 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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PARIS, TX MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY VIOLATIONS
SHERMAN, TX – U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 52-year-old Paris, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
EDGAR EVANS pleaded guilty on Oct. 28, 2008, to distributing visual depictions of minors involved in sexually explicit conduct and was sentenced today to 346 months in federal prison by United States District Judge Marcia Crone.
According to information presented in court, in 2007, Evans distributed several visual depictions of child pornography using his internet account. Evans admitted to possessing more than 10, but less than 150 visual depictions of children involved in sexually explicit conduct which he obtained over the internet. Many of these images contain victims who have been previously identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and depict prepubescent children portrayed in sadistic or masochistic conduct. Evans was indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 12, 2008.
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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case was investigated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Terri L. Hagan.
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