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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2009                                         PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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            BEAUMONT, TX – U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 43-year-old Wylie, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            JOHN EDWARD YOUNG pleaded guilty on Feb. 23, 2009, to receipt of visual depictions involved in sexually explicit conduct and was sentenced today to 121 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.
            According to information presented in court, from 2006 through 2008, Young received several video clips and visual depictions of child pornography using his internet account.  Young admitted to possessing over 600 visual depictions of children involved in sexually explicit conduct which he obtained over the internet.  Many of these images contained victims who had already been identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and depicted prepubescent children portrayed in sadistic or masochistic conduct.

            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 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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