United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2009 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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CASS COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY VIOLATIONS
MARSHALL, TX – U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 31-year-old Hughes Springs, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
JON MIKAL IRVIN pleaded guilty on Dec. 15, 2008, to possession of material containing child pornography and was sentenced today to 87 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge T. John Ward.
According to information presented in court, on April 10, 2008, a federal search warrant was executed at Irvin's Hughes Springs residence in Cass County. Two personal computers were seized and a forensic examination of those computers revealed the presence of over 600 visual depictions of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Irvin was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 5, 2008, and has been detained since his arrest the next day.
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 Longview Police Department's Cyber Crimes Unit and the U.S. Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.
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