United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe DIRECT: (409) 981-7902 CELL: (409) 553-9881
GROVES, TEXAS MAN SENTENCED FOR SEXUALLY EXPLOITING MINORS
Stewart will spend Life in Federal Prison
BEAUMONT, Texas – A 22-year-old Groves, Texas man has been sentenced to 90 years in federal prison for sexual exploitation of a child in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
James Rustin Stewart pleaded guilty on Feb. 1, 2010, to three counts of sexual exploitation of a child and was sentenced to 1,080 months in federal prison on July 16, 2010 by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.
According to information presented in court, on July 11, 2009, law enforcement authorities were contacted by a concerned citizen to report they had seen what was believed to be child pornography on Stewart's personal computer. A search warrant was executed at Stewart's residence and the computer and related equipment were seized. A forensic examination of the computer and equipment resulted in the discovery of at least 200 photos of minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Further investigation revealed Stewart had sexually exploited at least three children for the purpose of creating child pornography. Stewart was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 18, 2009 and charged with child sexual exploitation violations.
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 Groves Police Department, the FBI and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Forensic Unit. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Peacock.
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