DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

 

RICHARDSON, TEXAS MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY VIOLATIONS

            PLANO, Texas – A federal grand jury has indicted a 23-year-old Richardson man for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

            Lance Marcus Craig was arrested today on charges of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Amos L. Mazzant and was arraigned today.

            According to court documents, Craig is alleged to have possessed and received video images depicting prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  

            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.

            This case is being investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mandy Griffith.

            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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