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|WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010||PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER|
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SOUTHEAST TEXAS MEN GUILTY OF POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
BEAUMONT, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that two Southeast Texas men have pleaded guilty in separate cases of child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
JAMES MATTHEW CORSI, 32, of Woodville, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him being in possession of child pornography today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin. According to information presented in court, on July 27, 2009, law enforcement agents executed a federal search warrant at Corsi's Woodville residence and seized a personal computer. A forensic analysis of the seized items revealed 234 images of child pornography, some of which showed minors engaged in sadistic, masochistic, or violent sexual acts, and some depicted children less than 12 years of age engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
GARY JOHNSON, 44, of Vidor, 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 Feb. 1, 2010, law enforcement agents executed a federal search warrant at Johnson's Vidor residence and seized a computer and a thumb drive. The computer and thumb drive were analyzed and found to have over 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.
Corsi and Johnson 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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