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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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ORANGE, TEXAS MAN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Registered Sex Offender gets 13 years in Federal Prison

            BEAUMONT, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 57-year-old Orange, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            CHESTER DRAKE pleaded guilty on July 23, 2009, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.  Drake was immediately taken into custody following his sentencing hearing.  

            According to information presented in court, on Feb. 6, 2009, law enforcement agents executed a federal search warrant at Drake's residence, a travel trailer in Groves, and seized six personal computers.  A forensic analysis of the computers revealed that one computer contained at least 600 images and movie files that constituted child pornography.  Further investigation revealed Drake is a registered sex offender, having been convicted in 1997 of aggravated sexual assault in Jefferson County, Texas.  Drake was indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 18, 2009.

            This case is 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 http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

            This case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Beaumont Police Department's Digital Forensic Lab and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Rawls.

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