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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

LONGVIEW MAN GUILTY OF POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 54-year-old Longview man has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            RODNEY RAY ROSZELL pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with possession of child pornography today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

            According to information presented in court, on Aug. 9, 2008, law enforcement agents executed a federal search warrant at Roszell's residence and seized his personal computer.  A forensic analysis of the computer revealed a substantial amount of material containing images of child pornography.  Roszell admitted to having between 10 and 150 images of child pornography.

            This case is being 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.

            Roszell faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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