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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2009                                       PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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            TYLER, TX – United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 30-year-old Tyler man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in the Eastern District of Texas.

            JONATHAN WHITTAKER pleaded guilty today to possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love.
            According to information presented in court, on Aug. 14, 2008, a federal search warrant was executed at Whittaker'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.  Whittaker admitted to possessing more than 100 images of child pornography. 

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

            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 is being 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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