United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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LONGVIEW MAN GUILTY OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
TYLER, TX– U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 29-year-old Longview man has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
BELVIS WADE HILL pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with possession of child pornography today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Guthrie.
According to information presented in court, on Sept. 8, 2008, law enforcement agents executed a federal search warrant at Hill's Longview residence and seized his personal computer. A forensic analysis of the computer's hard drive revealed more than 64 video clips that contained child pornography.
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.
Baker faces up to 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Longview Police Department's Cyber Crimes Unit and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.
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