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SILSBEE MAN AND BRIDGE CITY MAN GUILTY OF POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
TYLER, Texas - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that two Southeast Texas men have each pleaded guilty to child pornography violations in separate cases in the Eastern District of Texas.
RICHARD MARION COPPAGE, 54, of Silsbee, Texas, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography today before U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.
According to information presented in court, on Sep. 23, 2009, law enforcement agents executed a federal search warrant at Coppage's residence in Silsbee, and seized two computers. A forensic analysis of the seized items revealed several videos depicting child pornography, some of which depicted children less than 12 years of age engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Coppage was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 2, 2009.
WILLIAM HENRY MOULDER, 49, of Bridge City, Texas, pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with possession of child pornography today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.
According to information presented in court, on Jan. 15, 2010, law enforcement agents executed a federal search warrant at Moulder's residence in Bridge City, and seized a personal computer. The computer was analyzed and found to have between 300 and 600 images of child pornography. Some of the images depicted children less than 12 years of age engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
These cases are 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.
Coppage and Moulder each face up to 10 years in federal prison. Sentencing dates have not been set.
These cases are being investigated by the Beaumont Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.
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