United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe DIRECT: (409) 981-7902 CELL: (409) 553-9881
TYLER MAN CHARGED WITH
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY VIOLATIONS
TYLER, Texas — A 43-year-old Tyler man has been indicted on charges of child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Thomas Alvin Boyd was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 14, 2010 and charged with production of child pornography and had previously been indicted on charges of possession of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and distribution of child pornography. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Guthrie and was arraigned today.
According to court documents, Boyd produced child pornography involving three minor males from about 2001 until at least 2005.
This case is being prosecuted 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.
If convicted, Boyd faces up to 30 years in federal prison for the production charge, up to 20 years each for the receipt and production charges and up to 10 years for the distribution charge.
This case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.
It is important to note that an indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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